Respect the Water

Respect the Water is the RNLI’s national drowning prevention campaign.

Over 160 people die each year at the UK coast with a further 60 in Republic of Ireland – around half didn’t even set out to enter the water. The casualty figures show a clear gender divide, with adult men accounting for over two-thirds of coastal deaths.

As part of this campaign the following interventions are available free of charge on request to the RNLI Penlee lifeboat station’s Volunteer Community Safety Officer and bespoke presentations can often be developed to suit the needs of clubs and organisations.

Each presentation or talk is supported with free publicity material and resources, in some instances including a Club Pack (details are available by email request), click here for contact details

Advice Onboard (AOB)

An AOB visit entails an open discussion with any boat user (sailing, kayaking, angling etc.) on how to use safety equipment, how to maintain it (particularly lifejackets) and how to plan for things that might go wrong out at sea. These visits take place wherever the users boat happens to be – a harbour, marina, boatyard or on the back of their trailer at home. Please bear in mind that these sessions are free and completely confidential.

Lifejacket Clinics

A lifejacket clinic can happen at a variety of locations, harbours and boat clubs. This clinic provides users with a chance to bring their lifejackets along and for you to show them how to check for faults, how to correctly wear the jacket and what they should be doing for a monthly, and annual check. Over the years, on average, we find that 30% of inflatable lifejackets (automatic and manual) would not have worked if the wearer accidentally fell into the water. The cause of these failures is easily identified and often remedied.

Yachting – 1 in 8 Campaign

When asked about their experience of safety incidents, 1 in 8 people said that they had gone overboard while sailing a yacht. Why not arrange an interactive talk for your club to discuss the issues surrounding Man Overboard, its prevention and their recovery. Some of the advice given includes arranging a free Advice Onboard session, arranging a free Lifejacket check, booking a marine radio VHF Short Range Certificate course and to contact their local sailing school to be taught how to manoeuvre a boat to a casualty in the water.


For more information on the 'Respect The Water' campaign click here


Click here for details about the RNLI Penlee Lifeboat Station Community Safety team