Integrated Approach To Beach Lifeguarding And Lifeboating

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Integrated Approach To Beach Lifeguarding And Lifeboating

  1. 1. Michael Vlasto – Operations Director Adam Wooler - Staff Officer Operations (Prevention & Lifeguards) Royal National Lifeboat Institution AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO BEACH LIFEGUARDING AND LIFEBOATING
  2. 2. <ul><li>Why we did it? </li></ul><ul><li>To understand the rationale behind the creation of an integrated service </li></ul>Learning Outcomes <ul><li>What we did and what we are going to do in the future? </li></ul><ul><li>To gain an appreciation of the scope of the service currently being provided and the proposals for future expansion </li></ul><ul><li>What the benefits have been? </li></ul><ul><li>To draw conclusions regarding the benefits of entering into partnership arrangements between lifeguard and lifeboat organisations, both at a national and international level </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>UK Coastline over 11,000 miles - >1,100 designated bathing beaches </li></ul>Context <ul><li>No clarity on responsibility for beach safety </li></ul><ul><li>No statutory duty to provide lifeguards </li></ul><ul><li>SLSGB and RLSS UK provide excellent training </li></ul><ul><li>100 voluntary lifesaving clubs doing their best </li></ul><ul><li>Over last 20 years Local Authorities provided paid lifeguards </li></ul><ul><li>No standard approach & low budgets = variable standards, sometimes poor </li></ul><ul><li>RNLI approached for assistance </li></ul>
  4. 4. National Advert
  5. 5. <ul><li>One of the largest charities in the UK, a British Institution </li></ul><ul><li>183 Years experience of sea rescue </li></ul><ul><li>4,500 volunteer Crew Members </li></ul><ul><li>1100 full time staff (600 operational, 250 fundraising) </li></ul><ul><li>1,500 Fundraising Branches & Guilds around the UK </li></ul><ul><li>RNLI costs £130m per year to run </li></ul><ul><li>Supported by Voluntary Contributions & Legacies </li></ul>The RNLI
  6. 6. <ul><li>RNLI aims to: </li></ul><ul><li>achieve an average launch time of 10 minutes from notification </li></ul><ul><li>reach all notified casualties where a risk of life exists, in all weathers, out to a maximum of 100 nautical miles </li></ul><ul><li>reach at least 90% of all casualties within 10 nautical miles of Lifeboat stations within 30 minutes of launch in all weathers </li></ul>Strategic Performance Standards - Lifeboats
  7. 7. 232 Lifeboat Stations 127 All Weather Lifeboats 208 Inshore Lifeboats In 2006: 8465 launches 8119 rescued 137 Relief Lifeboats 137,761 lives saved so far On average 22 people saved every day RNLI Lifeboat Service
  8. 9. RNLI Lifeguard ‘Pilot study’ <ul><li>‘ Beach Rescue’ pilot started in 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Paid lifeguarding service on 43 beaches in SW England </li></ul><ul><li>Aim to provide a ‘Joined up service from the beach to the open sea’ </li></ul><ul><li>and to show the RNLI could and should do lifeguarding </li></ul>
  9. 10. Issues overcome RNLI Trustees concerned about ‘responsibility’ Responsibility issue taken up with Government Image and role of lifeguards = increased risk to reputation and fundraising High standards introduced to lifeguarding from day one Lifeboat crews felt ‘under threat’ Lifeboat stations visited, communication strategy put in place
  10. 11. RNLI Lifeguard Service <ul><li>Now on 71 beaches, expanding around UK – another 32 in 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Over 400 lifeguards employed </li></ul><ul><li>New RNLI strategic performance standard </li></ul><ul><li>“ reach any beach casualty up to 300m from shore within the flags on RNLI lifeguard patrolled beaches, within 3 ½ minutes” </li></ul><ul><li>Based on scientific fitness standard studies by Portsmouth University </li></ul><ul><li>Free national risk assessment programme </li></ul><ul><li>Based on scientific research by Plymouth University </li></ul><ul><li>National beach safety education programmes, signs, public rescue equipment </li></ul>
  11. 12. Benefits <ul><li>Lifeguarding introduced new ideas to Lifeboating </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fitness standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Surf rescue techniques </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New equipment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lifeboating introduced new ideas to Lifeguarding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Equipment & maintenance standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discipline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attitude when dealing with the public </li></ul></ul><ul><li>RNLI Lifeguards now amongst best in the world </li></ul><ul><li>New fundraising opportunities </li></ul>
  12. 15. Challenges Ahead <ul><li>Expansion rate very high – large resource requirement </li></ul><ul><li>RNLI is a volunteer based organisation – lifeguards are paid </li></ul><ul><li>Need to continue to foster better relations with ILS, RLSS UK and SLSGB </li></ul>
  13. 16. RNLI & SLSGB Strategic partnership <ul><li>The RNLI is a volunteer based organisation and wishes to provide a national lifeguard service supported by volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>The RNLI will invest in SLSGB and its clubs to create safer beaches </li></ul>
  14. 17. International perspective <ul><li>International lifeguard exchange between Australia and New Zealand </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic agreement between RNLI & Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) </li></ul><ul><li>led to secondment opportunities and information exchange </li></ul><ul><li>RNLI ‘gifted’ two B class Atlantic 75 ILBs to SLSA </li></ul><ul><li>RNLI now an Associate member of ILS </li></ul><ul><li>RNLI plays a key role in the new International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) </li></ul>
  15. 18. An integrated approach to saving lives A SUCCESS!
  16. 19. Michael Vlasto – Operations Director Adam Wooler - Staff Officer Operations (Prevention & Lifeguards) Royal National Lifeboat Institution AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO BEACH LIFEGUARDING AND LIFEBOATING

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