• To save lives at sea by changing attitudes and behaviours
• To be the leading provider of sea safety information to 4–18year olds.
Education strategy aim
To educate, engage and involve young people in sea safety and the role of the RNLI
as a charity.
The RNLI’s work with young people (4–18-year-olds) is based on the following primary purposes:
• Prevention – communicating key water safety messages to prevent avoidable incidents, as drowning is one of the highest causes of accidental death for young people
• Promotion – raising youth awareness of the RNLI to secure future supporters for the charity
• Participation – drawing young people into a deeper level of engagement with the RNLI through volunteering, fundraising, membership and other active participation methods and programmes, such as the Duke of Edinburgh/President’s Award.
How we engage with young people
• Our key target area is primary schools but we also engage with secondary schools.
• Youth groups e.g. Scouts, Brownies etc.
• Partner organisations, e.g. Coastguard, Fire Service, etc.
• Inter-agency events and centres e.g. Safety Centres, Junior Citizenship and Lifeskills.
• Family events such as boat shows, air shows and county shows.
• Online interaction, for example through Shorething!, our web pages for young people.
DofE, membership, volunteering
Volunteer visits, projects
Resources, website use
When do we do it
Our Education presenters are part of our Operational Crew and will need notice to prepare your talk. Our Education Volunteers deliver talks throughout the school year, the summer term is usually the most popular as you can tie in their talks with projects about the beach and holidays you are preparing.
To set up talks in the summer, you will need to begin contacting them during the autumn / winter term via Email or on the phone details attached.
Remember that we get very busy in the spring and summer due to the active nature of a lifeboat station and request an early booking.
Where do we do it
Our Education presenters are willing to come out to visit you at your school or clubhouse, however due to the type of equipment required to show you what we carry not all can be shown at your venue.
We also welcome you to visit our Lifeboat station so that a more interactive talk / presentation can be offered whereby the trying on of suits and viewing the actual lifeboats used in the station can be viewed and if numbers allow the youngsters can come on board.
We also invite organisations to visit our Station for talks on the history of the station and how the equipment has been developed over the years.