RNLI Water Safety
As a School where we have provided a water safety presentation in the past I wanted to get in touch on behalf of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) Water Safety Team. My name is Nichola and I work in the education department to improve safety on and beside the water.
This summer, our Lifeguards can’t be on every beach, meaning a heightened water safety risk to beach goers. We are asking you to help us share some important messages to children and their families.
It is anticipated that as restrictions are eased and the summer weather is here, people will head to the beaches and coastline to enjoy the sun, sea and time with friends and family. In a normal year, the RNLI helps thousands of people who end up getting into difficulty in or close to the water when doing these types of activities.
Throughout the summer term, our local team of trained volunteers and Lifeguards do their best to visit as many of the schools, colleges and youth groups in our region as possible. However, due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak we have not been able to engage with school communities as we normally would.
Below, you will find out ways in which you can help at this time.
· Download and use our Education resource pack. Educating young people about how to keep safe, in on and around water is fundamental to saving lives at sea and a core part of the RNLI’s water safety activity. This term we have put together two downloadable packs of resources focusing on keeping safe this Summer. This will help your teams engage young people with essential – and lifesaving – water safety lessons in schools and as part of home school packs.
· Share a link to our Water Safety from Home resources - If you’re a parent or teacher looking for ways to engage, educate and entertain your children at home, play our Water Safety Wednesday series – perfect for primary school-aged children.
· Please help by sharing the RNLI & MCA’s Beach Safety Campaign with parents, guardians and your wider network. Beach lifeguards cannot be everywhere this summer – it is vital every one of us takes responsibility for our own, and our families’, safety.
Finally, I would like to thank you and your teams for all that you are doing to support your community through this unprecedented situation. Together, we really can make a lifesaving difference.
Nichola Evans| Water Safety Co-Ordinator
Royal National Lifeboat Institution, West Quay Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1HZ
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea
Take care near cliffs - know your route and your limitations.
Have a plan - check the weather forecast and tide times.
If you fall into the water unexpectedly, Float to Live. Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and float.
If boating, ensure your equipment is functioning and maintained before going afloat.
In any coastal emergency dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.