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 this angler survived to tell the tale after a serious incident whilst fishing off rocks because he had a plan and he wore a fully serviced lifejacket.


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 Margate 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.

Doing It For Dylan

On-line Drowning Petition - National Curriculum

Becky Ramsey ('Doing It For Dylan', drowning prevention campaigner) has launched an on-line petition to get drowning prevention on the national curriculum (Becky's son, Dylan, who was 13 years of age at the time, died of drowning in open water) on-line petition. If Becky's petition receives 10,000 signatures, the Government will respond to the petition. Please sign, it only takes two minutes. Thank you.

Watch this heart-breaking story by Liam Hall's mum about water safety awareness, it just may save someone's life! Acknowledgements to Ladbible, the RNLI and of course Liam's Mum.

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

We will be running a Swim Safe programme 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. Follow one of our pages to find out when the booking page goes live.


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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Margate RNLI
Community Safety Officer

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