Safety Afloat

In the UK we are very privileged to have an organisation where people freely give up there time and expertise in what is sometimes very dangerous conditions where very few people would dare to be out in, and those who are wish they weren’t.

People call on the RNLI every day for help and rescue, a high percentage of these are down to the basic safety measures being overlooked, and whilst the launch of the lifeboat is often seen as a spectacular event it also indicates that someone is in trouble, needs help and has called upon this donation funded organisation and volunteers who often put themselves at risk, to get them out of it.

As a skipper of a boat or water user it is your responsibility not to risk the lives of your crew or other users and to ensure that your actions do not put others in danger.

The RNLI has produced several safety booklets giving essential safety information on:

  • Dinghy sailing
  • Motor boating
  • Sports boating
  • Wind surfing
  • Jet skiing
  • Diving
  • Surfing
  • Fishing
  • Beach safety

These booklets can be ordered from the RNLI and you can find out about further safety information by visiting your local lifeboat station or visit when you visit the stations please remember that this is a voluntary organisation and put a few pounds in the collection boats that are there or why not become a member of the RNLI yourself.

Enjoy the water but above all Stay Safe. Visit the Marine Rescue and Lifeboat section of the directory and find out where your nearest lifeboat shop is.