Stay Safe In and Around the Sea
Happisburgh Lifeboat Station crew also man the regions Coastal Safety team. We are available to attend marine events to promote safe practice at sea, on the broads and around the coastline. As part of the RNLI’s Prevention department, Coastal Safety does this by changing people’s attitudes and behaviours towards safety on or by the water. By learning about your craft and its safety equipment, we believe that you will enjoy your sport or hobby with more confidence.
For more details please contact us. For more learning resources please visit the RNLI Coastal Safety page here. This website is packed with innovative, in-depth advice that will help to keep you safe and explain what to do in an emergency.
Over the past few days we’ve heard a lot of you talking about rip currents – what they are and how you can avoid getting caught in one. Rip currents are fast flowing bodies of water that can drag you away from the shoreline and out into deeper water. The best way to avoid rips is to choose a lifeguarded beach and always swim between the red and yellow flags. If you see someone who looks like they’re in trouble at sea, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Learn more about rip currents here
RNLI Respect the Water Campaign
We know that the water is a great place to have fun – there’s no better way to get outdoors and stay fit. And for many communities in the UK and Ireland the water is a way of life. But our seas, coastlines and inland waterways can be unpredictable and dangerous places.
In 2013, 167 people died in water-related incidents around the UK coast. More than two thirds of them were men. That’s more than those killed in cycling accidents. However, if you take some simple precautions you can significantly reduce your chances of getting into trouble.
Whatever your activity, whatever your ability, water is unpredictable. It’s all to easy to underestimate its power. You might think that adrenaline sports and rough weather pose the greatest threat, but casual, everyday use of the coast and sea often causes fatalities. That’s why you need to be prepared if something were to ever go wrong.
Simply select your activity to see our safety tips, expert advice, real life stories and more.
Changing just one small thing can make a big difference to your safety and help you get the most out of your time on the water. So get out there and enjoy it! More information here
**UPDATE** Safe Disposal of Flares
Many of you have asked about safe disposal of expired marine flares. We have confirmed that HM Coastguard operate a safe disposal scheme once a month for members of the public at their local stations. You must call HMRC Coastguard on 01262 672317 to arrange a drop off slot. You can dispose of a maximum of ten flares at any one time.
You must have enough lifejackets onboard. This means having lifejackets to suit all shapes and sizes including children and pets. It is the skipper’s responsibility to show the crew where lifejackets are stowed, how to don and secure them and when and how to operate them. The RNLI recommends that when you use your tender and your boat everyone wears a buoyancy aid or a lifejacket. Remember, it is important to use crotch straps to prevent the lifejacket riding up upon entry into the water, ensuring your head is kept clear above the surface. The video below demonstrates why lifejackets must be worn correctly & why crotch straps are important.