Newhaven Lifeboat applauds open water Mermaids' generosity
Marking the start of another winter of chilly dips, Seaford’s all-year-round open water swimming collective The Seaford Mermaids has rallied once again to raise critical funds for the RNLI and their local lifeboat station, RNLI Newhaven.
The RNLI have this week launched their Christmas appeal to save every one. Through the generosity of their supporters, the charity can help provide the world-class training, hard-wearing kit, and water safety advice their lifesavers need to keep more people safe. To help give RNLI lifesavers the best possible chance to save every one, make your donation to the RNLI here: https://rnli.org/support-us/give-money
- a swim with the Mermaids feature: ‘RNLI Meet the Mermaids’ https://rnli.org/magazine/magazine-featured-list/2021/may/swimming-with-mermaids
- a previous fund raising effort press release: https://rnli.org/news-and-media/2020/november/20/seaford-mermaids-fundraising-splash-for-newhaven-rn...
- Never swim alone. The safest way to wild swim is at an Open Water swimming site, with a club or between the red and yellow flags on a lifeguarded beach. If you can’t get to a lifeguarded beach, learn more about your chosen location and check hazard signage.
- Tell people where you have gone and when you expect to be back.
- Find an organised swim group in your local community.
- Acclimatise to cold water slowly and enter gradually to reduce the risk of cold water shock. A wetsuit will help you keep warm, especially if you're new to open water swimming.
- Check weather and tide times before you go, avoid swimming in dangerous conditions.
- Take a means for calling for help in a waterproof phone pouch and have this on you at all times.
- If you see someone in trouble, call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.
- Wear a brightly coloured hat plus a tow float for increased visibility.
- Always swim parallel to the shore and not straight out. Cold water, waves and currents can tire you out quickly and make it harder to return to shore.
- Never swim under the influence of alcohol.
- If you find yourself in trouble in the water, you can help yourself get back to safety by floating on your back like a star.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.