Weymouth is one of the busiest Lifeboat stations on the coast, undertaking around 100 ‘shouts’ a year, split equally between ‘Ernest and Mabel’ (SEVERN class Lifeboat) and ‘Phyl Clare III’ (Atlantic 75) covering 1330 square nautical miles. Like every Lifeboat Station in the UK and Ireland we are run and funded by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, an organisation funded entirely through voluntary contributions.
Community Safety – Respect the WaterWeymouth RNLI Water Safety Team‘Respect the Water’ is the RNLI’s national drowning prevention campaign. It highlights the risks, helps you avoid them and gives advice to keep you and your mates safe. We want you to enjoy the water, but also to recognise its dangers and never underestimate its power. Over 160 people die each year at the UK coast with a further 60 in Republic of Ireland, half of whom never even intended to get wet. We’re aiming to see numbers halved by 2024.The Role of the Weymouth Lifeboat Water Safety team is to promote the aims of the RNLI in saving lives by changing the attitudes and behaviour of leisure boat owners and other users of the coast and coastal environment, and to promote the RNLI as being the leading provider of coastal safety information. This is done in several ways including the provision of leaflets and give-aways such as waterproof wallets for mobile phones, floating key-rings, plastic drinking glasses etc. Supplies of these promotional leaflets and give-aways can be provided on request for use by boating clubs, angling clubs, tackle shops, chandlers, pubs, cafes, restaurants, Coastwatch Look-Outs, Tourist Information Centres and other locations adjacent to the coast.The Weymouth Lifeboat Water Safety team covers the stretch of the Jurassic Coast from Lulworth to Lyme Regis and consists of volunteers with expertise in a wide range of maritime activities combined with a wealth of maritime Search & Rescue experience. They are also active in supporting the partnership between the RNLI and the Merchant Navy Association by acting as water safety "Ambassadors" to promote the RNLI's Respect the Water Campaigncovering UK inland waterways as well as around the coastThe RNLI Weymouth Lifeboat Station Water Safety Officer and members of the team would be delighted to meet and provide sea safety advice to owners of craft being launched at Weymouth Town slipway alongside Commercial Road. They are also available on request to provide advice and guidance on a variety of safety topics including:•Advice Onboard (AOB)An AOB visit entails an open discussion with any boat user (sailing, kayaking, angling etc.) on how to use safety equipment, how to maintain it and how to plan for things that might go wrong out at sea. These visits take place wherever the users boat happens to be – a harbour, marina, boatyard or on the back of their trailer at home.•Lifejacket ClinicsA lifejacket clinic can happen at a variety of locations, harbours and boat clubs. It provides users with a chance to bring their lifejackets along and for us to demonstrate how they should be worn, have them checked for faults, and what should be routinely checked on an on-going basis.. Over the years, on average, we find that 30% of inflatable lifejackets (automatic and manual) would not have worked if the wearer accidentally fell into the water. The cause of these failures is easily identified and often remedied.•Calling For Help’ Interactive discussion on emergency alertingThis presentation is supported with a broad range of emergency alerting equipment including Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB’s), Personal Locator Beacons (PLB’s), Marine Band VHF Radio’s, Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) Search & Rescue Transponders (SARTS), Distress Flares and Strobe lights etc.•Man Overboard (MOB)When asked about their experience of safety incidents, 1 in 8 people said that they had gone overboard while sailing a yacht. Why not arrange an interactive talk for your club to discuss the issues surrounding Man Overboard, its prevention and their recovery. Aninteractivepresentationofaboutanhour’sdurationonthecause,prevention,spottingandrecoveryofaManOverboard for both yachts and motor cruisers.•HF SRC RefresherAbout 1 hour duration – a reminder of the fundamentals of using VHF Marine Radio for Distress, Urgency and Safety calling. It includes a short fun quiz and is fully interactive with the audience•Sea Survival RefresherAbout1hourduration-thetheoryofusinglifejackets,liferafts,flares,VHF,PLB’s&EPIRBS,lifeboatandhelicopterrescue. How to manoeuvre a boat to a casualty in the water.
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Become a Water Safety Adviser:Go out into the Community to deliver safety advice directly to the public.Contribute to the ongoing development of a Community Lifesaving Plan aimed at reducing fatalities and serious incidents and targeting particular ‘at risk’ groups.Promote the RNLI’s safety messages, advising the Volunteer Water Safety Officer of opportunities which may arise.This is a great role for somebody who has good communication and people skills and possibly some experience of public speaking but if not, the desire to gain some skills and/or confidence in this area. The ability to interact within a team will be important and, whilst it would be desirable to have some knowledge of coastal activity, this is by no means a requirement to be considered for this role.If you would like to join a friendly, dedicated and motivated team and fit the criteria above or have some of the required skills and would like to develop further in this area, we would like to hear from you. Training will be provided to ensure a full knowledge of the RNLI and in particular the work of a Water Safety Team.
COMMUNITY LIFESAVING PLAN
The Water Safety Officer is responsible for the design, implementation and maintenance of a Community Lifesaving Plan (CLP). The plan identifies the most popular leisure activities within the local Community so that relevant safety advice can be given to those most at risk. The Water Safety Officer uses the plan to lead and coordinate a team of Water Safety Advisers.The CLP for the Weymouth RNLI area can be read HERE