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RNLI Skegness welcomes Trainer Assessor for two-day training session

Lifeboats News Release

On the 10 and 11 of July, RNLI Skegness had the pleasure of hosting Lifeboat Trainer Assessor, Ben McGarry to deliver focussed training and assessments.


Skegness D class lifeboat and tractor

Over two days, Ben McGarry provided valuable training to the lifeboat station's Head Launchers and Launch Vehicle Drivers on the new Shannon Launch and Recovery System (SLRS) Operators Handbook, in addition to introducing the team to new procedures and policies.

During his time at the station, Ben also re-assessed Launch Vehicle Drivers James Porter and Alan Gordon-Griffiths on the inshore lifeboat's Agri Launch Vehicle. Both drivers demonstrated their expertise and commitment to safety, successfully completing their revalidations.

The session was not only about revalidation but also growth. New Launch Vehicle Driver Raff Jurek underwent assessment under Ben's observation and was successful in the final assessment. The station is proud to announce that Raff is now the station's newest Lifeboat Vehicle Driver for the inshore lifeboat.

Team member, Trainee Mechanic Martin Stokes, also had significant one-on-one time with Ben as part of his ongoing RNLI training programme to become a Shannon class lifeboat mechanic. This invaluable experience will undoubtedly contribute to his development over the coming months.

Brad Johnson, Lifeboat Training Coordinator at RNLI Skegness, expressed his gratitude for the successful training session: 'We are extremely grateful to Ben McGarry for taking the time to guide our team through the new handbook and procedures, as well as conducting the assessments.

'Seeing our volunteer team members grow and develop in their roles, particularly in the areas of Plant and Machinery, is incredibly rewarding. It is a testament to the dedication and commitment of our volunteers, who work tirelessly to ensure the safety of our coastal community.'

RNLI Skegness continues to strive for excellence in service, thanks to the continuous learning and development of its team members.

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For more information, please contact Brad Johnson, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer: [email protected]

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