It was on a warm sunny day in June that I found myself back in the United Kingdom (UK) and on route down to the UK’s southern coastline to visit the Royal National Lifeboat Institutions’ (RNLI) head-quarters in Poole. A great weekend ahead was planned, spent with my colleagues from the SSI UK head office and an amazing group of our UK SSI Dive Center owners and SSI Instructor Trainers. Our mission, to officially launch the SSI Sea Survival program….
With approximately 17,820 kilometers of coast line, the UK has to be one of places in Europe with the most opportunities for sea diving. The marine environment rivals some of the best in the world, offering a fascinating range of wrecks and wildlife for XR divers around the coastlines to enjoy. What many divers might be unaware of are the potential hazards that UK diving can present. For open-circuit or rebreather divers who have made their training around the inland dive sites or in warm water holiday resorts, the UK diving presents some challenges that they need to be prepared for in order to reduce the risks of accidents. With the right training, experience, equipment and conditions, scuba diving in the UK and Ireland can be phenomenal.
We were honored to be invited to the RNLI head office, led by Nick Fecher, with his amazing team of hardworking individuals all with one mission “to save lives”.
Our main aims of the weekend were:
The RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crews provide a 24-hour rescue service in the UK and Ireland. There are over 350 lifeboats in the RNLI fleet based at stations around the UK and Ireland. Between them, RNLI lifeboats cover 30,000 kilometers of coastline and some busy inland stretches of water. The RNLI lifeboats are divided into two categories: all-weather lifeboats and inshore lifeboats. The different lifeboat classes within these categories means they can reach people in all kinds of situations and locations. To see these vessels in action is inspiring to say the least and it was a privilege to be able to work with them with the join mission to protect and educate our divers and ultimately save lives.
I think that we would all agree, that we came away with more knowledge and experience which we can use to directly educate and train our UK divers. For more information on the SSI Sea Survival program contact your local SSI Diving Centre for the details and the availability of training dates.
For more information on the RNLI and the work that they do, or to make a donation head to www.rnli.org/
Many thanks to the RNLI and the RNLI photographer Nathan William for allowing us to share their amazing pictures from our time with them.
Source: image©Nathan William