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
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
Whether youre 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.
a free, independent discussion on boat safety equipment
an opportunity to discuss safety matters, tapping into a wealth of knowledge and
a sticker showing your support for the scheme
your copy of the completed form, which is a written summary of the main points
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.
Dont forget its 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
6. TIDES & WEATHER
Check the present and future conditions before heading
Newhaven Lifeboat Coastal Safety Officer
The RNLI has a goal to halve
the number of coastal drownings by 2024. Respect the Water is the RNLIs 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
In 2016 Respect the Water will be bigger
than ever. Youll 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
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.
View the website for more information: www.respectthewater.com/