Community and Youth Education

Community Safety
The Community Safety team are specially trained volunteers within the RNLI who advise water and coastal users on water safety and provide safety advice onboard vessels owned by members of the public.
The team are responsible for taking the message regarding water safety to a broad audience including those who go down to the sea in boats, kayaks, wind and kite surfers, stand up paddle boarders, salt and fresh water anglers, dog walkers and others – in short everyone!

A key part of the work of the Community Safety team is to ensure that the message about the RNLI’s water safety campaign “Respect The Water” is clearly and effectively communicated to all those who need to hear this life-saving message.

Working as part of the local RNLI team and with the Community Lifesaving Plan for the Central Solent area (Lymington and Calshot Lifeboat Stations and inland to the non-tidal Thames), the Community Safety volunteers regularly provide talks on safety topics such as Calling For Help (all about the technologies available to ensure that you can reach help if you need it).

We also carry out Lifejacket Clinics (to show users how to check that their lifejackets are in good order and advice on how to keep them like that) through to delivering experienced insights into Advice On Board (a free report about how boat-owners have their vessels equipped for safety and advice on any additional measures the RNLI would recommend).

We’re happy to conduct any and all of these as part of marina open days, club safety talks, retailers community days, local events (such as the Lymington Seafood Festival, the Beaulieu Boat Jumble etc.) and in conjunction with our partners in HM Coastguard, Hampshire Fire & Rescue, South Central Ambulance Trust and Hampshire Police Marine Unit can be found attending “Blue Light” events around the county.

Providing a worthwhile uniformed volunteer role for anyone with relevant experience, you could become a trained Community Safety Volunteer yourself by simply contacting one of the joint Community Safety Officers here at Lymington.

Contact either:
Steve Billett on 07799 077206 or stevebillett@btinternet.com
or
David Monks on 07932 674894 or david.c.monks@gmail.com

Talks and Presentations

It is never too late to follow the RNLI and the Lymington RNLI can provide introductory talks and presentation at all levels.

Typically these would cover: General RNLI History and Operations, The Lymington RNLI Past and Present, Future Developments and Community Safety but we can align our talk to whatever your need is. Please contact the station in the first instance with your details and name of your represented organisation and including both a daytime and evening telephone number and a member of our liaison team will contact you.

 

Schools and Youth Group Liaison

We like to sow the seed of following the RNLI early in life as the youngsters of today are the organisations future fundraisers and in some case potential crews and they in turn may spread the word to their parents who perhaps have never been aware of the RNLI and what we do or how we are funded.

We can provide introductory tours of boat and station alongside learning experience presentations to all age groups and abilities.  Depending on the date and time of your visit and of course subject to operational constraints you might even get to meet some of the crew and see the boat launched. Please contact the station in the first instance with your details and name of school or youth group and including both a daytime and evening telephone number and a member of our liaison team will contact you.