RNLI Beach Safety and Resources - Summer 2020

Beach Safety and Information from the RNLI – June 2020

 

As a school in Devon, I wanted to get in touch on behalf of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) Water Safety Team. My name is Kitty and I support the volunteers in your region to help 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 once restrictions further ease 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 packEducating 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 – although we are hoping to patrol around 70 beaches later this year – 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. 

 

Kind regards,

 

Kitty

 

Kitty Norman | Water Safety Delivery Support

South West | Somerset, Dorset & Channel Islands

07825 099039 | West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1HZ

 

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