Alderney RNLI lifeboat crew receive valuable training at Poole

Lifeboats News Release

Three members of Alderney RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crew recently attended the RNLI College in Poole for essential training.

Left to Right Declan Gaudion, Rhys Jenkins and Saul Woodruff

RNLI/Rhys Jenkins

Group photo - First Alderney crew at Poole College since lockdown

Coxswain Declan Gaudion and volunteer crew members Rhys Jenkins and Saul Woodruff spent five days at the RNLI College at the end of January to complete the Approved Engine Course (AEC).

Declan Gaudion said: ' The course is fundamental in equipping crew members with the knowledge and skills to provide Alderney’s all-weather Trent class lifeboat Roy Barker I with the continued servicing and maintenance required to operate an efficient lifeboat service.'

Lifeboat Volunteer Rhys Jenkins said 'With the RNLI College being closed for some time due to COVID restrictions it was good to finally get over to complete the Approved Engine Course (AEC). The course tutors are extremely knowledgeable and the course is well laid out with a good mix of theoretical and practical sessions. The facilities at the College are first class, which all makes for a very thorough and enjoyable course.'

New recruits Adam Barnes, Rhys Jenkins and Sean Maloy will also be attending RNLI College later this month for their initial introductory lifeboat training which will equip them with the skills required to save lives at sea. This training is rolled out nationwide to all new volunteer lifeboat crew members.

Rhys Jenkins

RNLI/Rhys Jenkins

Busy at work Rhys Jenkins
Saul Woodruff

RNLI/Rhys Jenkins

Busy at work Saul Woodruff

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