Thank you for visiting the Margate RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) Commumity Safety team website.  The Community Safety team’s objective is part of the RNLI’s bid to halve accidental drownings in the UK by 2024. The UK National Drowning Prevention Strategy indicates that 400 people on average drown each year in the UK and a further 200 take their own lives on our waters.


The RNLI nationally aims to change the behaviour of groups and individuals identified as being ‘at risk’ of becoming a rescue statistic for lifeboat crews.

To help raise safety awareness at a local level volunteer community safety teams are being appointed. The role of the Community Safety Team involves developing a local lifesaving plan, including identifying ‘at risk’ groups and providing targeted safety advice.

Watch this video below and find out how to float to live and give yourself a floating chance.

More information can be found via the RNLI’s Respect the Water website

Margate and Thanet’s (Kent) top four priorities:

1 ) Swimming;

2) Yacht sailing and motor boating;

3) In-water play/beach users;

4) Walking/dog walking

At Thanet RNLI Community Safety HQ, we absolutely love the coast and we want everyone to really enjoy themselves and to be safe when they visit or take part in water based activity.

To keep abreast of our forthcoming events, either click our contact page or download our diary of events below. We can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.


Swim Safe – Stop Press!

The Swim Safe booking platform is now LIVE! This programme will be running during Summer 2018 in Thanet.  Swim Safe is a really exciting project to coach the 7-14 age group to swim in the sea for no charge, using highly skillled and trained local swim teachers.  Swim Safe is a collaborative programme involving Swim England, Thanet District Council and the RNLI.


This is the blog for the Margate Volunteer RNLI Community Safety Officer. Andrew Mills is part of a small team that goes out and about in the local community spreading the Respect the Water message to as many people as possible.

Our aim is to help the RNLI halve the number of coastal drowning fatalities by 2024. Some of our main campaigns are: Float Not Swim and Cold Water Shock. If you are a community group and would like an input on how to stay safe whilst enjoying the coast please get in touch.
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