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Whitstable Lifeboat Station has a long tradition of welcoming school parties as part of the RNLI’s sea safety initiatives and to enable children to view the lifeboat and its associated equipment, and to meet members of the crew and hear about their work.

In order to expand the programme of school visits, the station will be holding an open morning for head teachers or their staff on Sunday, 25th February.

David Hayward, Visits Officer at Whitstable Lifeboat Station said, “We are inviting head teachers or their staff to come along to the station and find out what we have to offer their school. The morning will include a tour of the station, the opportunity to meet members of the crew and inspect the lifeboat, and discuss with us an education programme and the requirements of their school”.

“There will also be the opportunity to look at our free educational resources and take samples back to school and, conditions permitting, watch the crew launch and recover the lifeboat on exercise”.

“We have a team of dedicated volunteers who can show pupils the boat, tell them about the crew and about some of the life-saving rescues since the station opened in 1963.  They will also learn about how to stay safe on or by the sea. Visits can be tailored to curriculum requirements, no matter what the age of pupils and we can also arrange for talks to be given at a school”.

“In an average year we welcome around 1600 pupils from perhaps 40 schools and other youth organisations from around Kent and the London area, and for some children it is their first visit to the seaside. By holding educational visits, we hope that we have increased awareness of sea safety issues amongst children and given them an insight into the work of the RNLI”.

“The open morning will commence at 10.30. For those wishing to attend please contact me on  dvhayward@btinternet.com.  Please also e-mail me if you are unable to attend this session but would anyway like to arrange for your school to come to Whitstable Lifeboat Station”.

For further information about Whitstable Lifeboat Station go to:  www.whitstablelifeboat.org.uk