Seven RNLI volunteers from Sennen Cove, St Ives, Exmouth, Teignmouth and Weymouth have spent two days at the charity’s Saltash support base learning about short-range search and rescue communications. The seven have spent Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 February studying the art of clear communication during a major incident at sea. The course was led by Steve Howard, one of the RNLI’s mobile instructors who travels around the country teaching crews.
The safe rescue of anyone in distress relies on good communications and is achieved using increasingly sophisticated equipment. As part of the RNLI’s commitment to providing the best possible training for their volunteer crews, specialist courses like this one are vital. The seven crew involved at the charity’s Saltash base have spent two days learning about relevant techniques and how to use the equipment needed.
Steve Howard, RNLI Mobile Instructor, explains;
‘Crew volunteers need to have a good working knowledge of the equipment and practises involved in distress communication. All those attending this two day course have used state-of-the-art communication simulators with touch screen technology to help them rehearse the procedures required during a rescue scenario.
‘Throughout the two days I constantly assess their progress and the course is designed to give them a high level of knowledge and understanding. They have all done very well and have received an RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Short Range Course International Certificate of Competence and the RNLI’s Search and Rescue Radio Operators Certificate.’
The crew volunteers who have spent the two days training at the RNLI base in Saltash include Dr Adam Ellery from Sennen Cove, Dave Chard from St Ives, Andy Williams from Exmouth, Rob Larkman, Nicola Turner and Dave Matthews from Teignmouth and Leon Weaver from Weymouth.
The RNLI Divisional Base at Saltash provides support for the 35 lifeboat stations and 94 beaches in the south west area of the charity. This extends from Weston super Mare in Somerset, down the north coast to the Isles of Scilly and up the south coast to Mudeford in Dorset. The area also includes the Channel Islands.