Ramsgate RNLI share their life saving skills with Yacht Master students.
The volunteer crew of Ramsgate RNLI and the Water Safety Team worked together to share their valuable life saving skills with the students from the Royal Temple Yacht Club on Wednesday night.
The water safety talk was part of the Royal Yachting Association Yacht Masters navigation course that is taught through the winter months at the yacht club. As well as being taught how to fight fire onboard a boat, how to use the safety equipment, and about cold water shock, they were given the best advise on how to prepare when abandoning ship. They were also given a talk on life jackets, how to wear and maintain them. This was of particular importance as three of the students had brought their own life jackets with them and all three failed upon inspection.
This initiative came about last year when members of the yacht club collaborated with the volunteer Ramsgate RNLI Water Safety Team to introduce new sailors to the RNLI and to get advice from the specialists in water safety.
There were twelve students accompanied by their trainers and some of the Club boat owners accompanied them also as it’s always useful to have a refresher course on water safety. They were split into four small rotating groups and also were escorted onto the all-weather lifeboat, which was a highlight for many of them.
This was followed by time to visit the pop up stall to buy Christmas cards and presents, which was manned by volunteer staff from the Ramsgate RNLI Shop, where the students were very generous buying their Christmas cards and RNLI 200 Anniversary souvenirs.
To round the evening off there was a competition where one member from each group competed against each other to be the first to dress up in full RNLI kit much to the amusement of the observers.
RNLI Community Water Safety Officer Neil Morgan said, ‘ It was a pleasure to welcome members of the Royal Temple Yacht Club to Ramsgate RNLI station. I would like to thank all the volunteers who give up their valuable time to promote water safety practices.’
Karen Cox Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Ramsgate Tel. 07779848431 Email [email protected].
Paul Dunt RNLI Regional Media Officer London and South East Tel. 07785296252 Email [email protected]
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