*** COVID-19 UPDATE***
With the current situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and the necessary social distancing measures in place we are unfortunately unable to host visits and groups in our station. While we are looking forward to being able to welcome you in the future we have shared below a letter from our Visits Officer containing some links to information and resources that you may find of interest if you would like to learn more about water safety and the RNLI in the meantime. Please feel free to get in touch if we can be of any more help.
Queensferry Lifeboat Visits Team are now happy to offer Online Talks for your organisation or group as we continue to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.
My name is Freya Horsburgh and I volunteer with the RNLI in Queensferry to improve safety on and beside the water on behalf of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) Water Safety Team.
This summer, we will have a limited Lifeguards service in place due to current social distancing rules, meaning a heightened water safety risk to beach goers. We are asking you to help us share some important messages to children and their families.
As we make our phased way out of lockdown and restrictions are slowly being eased, people will head to the beaches and coastline to enjoy the sun, sea and time with friends and family. In a normal year, the RNLI helps thousands of people who end up getting into difficulty in or close to the water when doing these types of activities.
Throughout the summer term, our local team of trained volunteers and Lifeguards do their best to visit as many of the schools, colleges and youth groups in our region as possible. However, due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak we have not been able to engage with school communities as we normally would.
Below, you will find out ways in which you can help at this time.
· Download and use our education resource pack. Educating young people about how to keep safe, in on and around water is fundamental to saving lives at sea and a core part of the RNLI’s water safety activity. This term we have put together two downloadable packs of resources focusing on keeping safe this Summer. This will help your teams engage young people with essential – and lifesaving – water safety lessons in schools and as part of home school packs.
· Share a link to our Water Safety from Home resources - If you’re a parent or teacher looking for ways to engage, educate and entertain your children at home, play our Water Safety Wednesday series – perfect for primary school-aged children.
· Please help by sharing the RNLI & MCA’s Beach Safety Campaign with parents, guardians and your wider network.
Finally, I would like to thank you and your teams for all that you are doing to support through this unprecedented situation. Together, we really can make a lifesaving difference.
Lifeboat Visits Officer
Queensferry Lifeboat Station
We would like to invite you to visit our Station
We welcome visitors to come for a talk at the station by appointment. Visits to the station by groups can be up to a maximum of 30 people (plus supervisors where required). We can arrange visits for groups of all ages, and we will endeavour to tailor the experience to suit the group.
Although our visits are free, as a charity we would be grateful for any donation you are able to make to help run the lifeboats and lifeboat station.
Typically visits last for about one hour or more depending on the size of the party and can include:
a tour of the Station and its facilities, including the training room and kit room
a chance to climb on-board the inshore Lifeboat
being shown the equipment carried on the Lifeboat
an explanation of the crew's individual personal protective equipment (such as lifejackets, helmets and dry-suit)
an informative video about the RNLI suited to the age range of the group.
Visits can take place at most times dependant on the visits team and crew availability. Although we will try to be as accommodating as possible we cannot however guarantee the time you would like can be available. If this is the case we will contact you to arrange a more suitable time when we receive your Visit Request Form.
Please note that the station does remain 100% operational while your visit is taking place and a full safety and expectations brief will be given at the start of the visit.
Health and Safety considerations
The station has steep stairs and is split over 2 floors. Although we do have wheelchair access to the station this is via the boat shed level and there unfortunately is no wheelchair access to the upper level. We will however adjust our visits and tours to suit your requirements.
Invite an RNLI volunteer to your school, youth group or setting.
Enjoy one of our interactive presentations delivered by an experienced speaker. Topics can include sea and beach safety, how lifeboat rescues work, the history of the RNLI, the work of a charity, volunteering and much more.
These can be arranged at your school or club. Book early – presentations are very popular!
For further information, or to arrange a visit to Queensferry Lifeboat Station, or a visit from our talks team, please download and complete the Visit Request form below and return it to Queensferry@rnli.org.uk