Respect the Water is an RNLI campaign that puts drowning prevention at the heart of everything. By 2024 the RNLI aims to halve the average number of yearly coastal fatalities that happen as a result of accidents and natural causes. The starting point is 190, which is broken down as 165 in the UK (WAID analysis 2011-2015) and 25 in Ireland (Irish Water Safety Forum 2010-2013). This target does not currently include inland fatalities, or those as a result of suicide or crime.The RNLI are aiming to make it the nationally recognised water safety campaign in the UK and Republic of Ireland. By collaborating with the MNABC, the RNLI intends to extend the scheme to inland water ways as well. Full details are contained in the RNLI publication ‘COMMUNITY SAFETY - Key Message Booklet’ which can be read HERE
Throughout the year the RNLI hold a series of live on-line presentations relevant to the activities of an RNLI Community Safety Volunteer called “Webinars”. Every Webinar is recorded and available for reference or download in perpetuity. The following is a list of Webinars held during 2017 and 2018.
RNLI Community Safety Volunteers help reduce drowning by communicating key safety messages in their local community through face-to-face engagement, and promoting and installing lifesaving products. The RNLI publishes a ‘Community Safety Guidebook’ to let community safety volunteers and staff know what resources are available and how to request or order them.It is also for anyone who is interested in understanding the scope of the RNLI’s prevention work, providing a guide to how risks are measured and prioritised, the theory behind the prevention work and what preventative actions can be put in place to help encourage safer behaviours in our communities. A copy of the Guide can be read HERE.Amongst the resources listed in the Community Safety Guidebook are a series of leaflets designed to inform the General Public of the inherent risks which exist around the water and how to avoid them. An example can be viewed HERE.
Merchant Navy Association (MNA) Boat Club joins forces with the RNLI to promote the RNLI’s Respect the Water Campaign on the UK’s inland waterwaysOn behalf of the MNA Boat Club I’m delighted to announce the launching of a new joint working relationship between the MNA Boat Club and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). I am delighted that the hugely respected RNLI has recognised the experience, skill and knowledge of MNA members by choosing to work with the MNA Boat Club. The RNLI has now extended the opportunity to all members of the MNA with an invitation for them to play a part in promoting the RNLI’s “Respect the Water” campaign aimed at significantly reducing the 200 plus fatalities each year as a result of drowning.“I am delighted to be working alongside the MNA with this initiative. We have a variety of ways of promoting our safety messages, but nothing beats a face to face conversation with a knowledgeable person. MNA members acting as RNLI Community Safety Volunteers will be able to pass on their experience and knowledge to others in order to save more lives around our coasts and waterways.” Steve Instance, RNLI Community Safety Partner.It has now been agreed that members of the MNA Boat Club should be invited to take on the role of RNLI Community Safety Volunteer (CSVs) for all the inland waterways of the UK and Ireland – e.g. rivers, canals, lakes, The Broads, The Fens, etc. At the same time any members of the MNA interested in joining an existing RNLI Community Safety Team attached to a Lifeboat station will be offered an opportunity to do this’So what exactly does being an RNLI CSV entail? Essentially being an RNLI CSV involves establishing and maintaining good relationships with organisations involved in activities on or around our inland waters, such as boatyards, marinas, boat hire operators, sailing clubs, lock-keepers etc. and affording them the benefit of our members’ extensive professional expertise and experience in terms of giving relevant maritime safety advice to these organisations and, where appropriate, also to members of the public. CSV’s will also seek out opportunities e.g. boat shows, boat jumbles, regattas etc. to promote the RNLI’s safety messages.As RNLI Community Safety Volunteers MNA Boat Club members will normally be affiliated to an RNLI Community Safety Team based at an RNLI lifeboat station.For further information please contact: MNA Boat Club Commodore and Weymouth RNLI Community Safety Officer Clive Edwards Tel: 01305 781725 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com