Coastal Safety Advice

Contact Details

Lifeboat Station:   01273 514143

Home:    01323 490476

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Bill Walton - Coastal Safety Officer

Sea Safety

Every year lifeboats and lifeguards respond to incidents which could have been prevented with simple safety precautions.

When you are out on the water anything can happen. How well could you cope in an emergency? Whether you are an experienced enthusiast or a novice, the Coastal Safety team can help you avoid getting into difficulty.

My role as Coastal Safety Officer is to promote the aims of the RNLI in saving lives by changing the attitudes and behaviour of leisure boat owners and to promote the RNLI as being the leading provider of sea safety information. This is done in several ways: one is by an individual one-to-one talk by a qualified sea safety adviser with the boat owner about their equipment on board and the use of the same. This is called safety advice on board but it is neither a test nor an inspection and there is no pass or fail. It is a personal face-to-face service that takes place on your boat at a time and place to suit you.

Whether you’re a newcomer or an experienced boater, our unique one-to-one service will give you an opportunity to ask any niggling questions on equipment or emergency procedures.

Benefits include:
• a free, independent discussion on boat safety equipment
• an opportunity to discuss safety matters, tapping into a wealth of knowledge and experience
• a sticker showing your support for the scheme
• your copy of the completed form, which is a written summary of the main points discussed.

We also offer safety advice by giving presentations to all types of clubs and associations connected to the leisure boating industry on the use of and caring for  life jackets, the use and types of flares, calling for help available to the leisure boat owner and also general sea safety talks covering all aspects of sea safety.

Don’t forget it’s all free !

Our 6 top safety tips are:

Whenever you go boating - you can decide to take it off if you want to

     Understanding your boating activity is essential

     Tell others where you're going and when you'll be back

     Check all is in order, with sufficient fuel

     Carry at least one means of calling for help

     Check the present and future conditions before heading out

Bill Walton
Newhaven Lifeboat Coastal Safety Officer


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The RNLI has a goal to halve the number of coastal drownings by 2024. Respect the Water is the RNLI’s national drowning prevention campaign and will play a key role in helping us to achieve this.

We still want you to enjoy the water, but we also want you to Respect the Water, acknowledge its dangers and never underestimate its power.

In 2016 Respect the Water will be bigger than ever. You’ll see Respect the Water adverts in cinemas, on billboards and online, and hear it on the radio around the UK and Republic of Ireland.

We are also working closely with communities around the coast, so you may also see our messages in lifeboat stations and local pubs.

This year's campaign

The water might look inviting, but there are hidden dangers that can be fatal if not respected.

This year, our messages focus on three main risks that catch people out:

• Cold water shock can steal the air from your lungs and leave you helpless.
• The water can be unpredictable, with waves, tides and hidden currents that can drag you out to sea in seconds.
• Around half the people who drown never expected to get wet – many get caught out by unexpected slips, trips and falls into the water.

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