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Coastal Safety

Free RNLI Coastal & Sea Safety Advice - Onboard & Ashore

Contact Details:

Alan Doe - Bembridge Lifeboat Coastal Safety Officer
Tel: 07775 900244

RNLI Coastal Safety Advice

Saving Lives Starts Here

Every year lifeboats respond to incidents, which could have been prevented and loss of life avoided with simple safety precautions. 

When you are out on the water, anything can happen. How well will you cope in an emergency? Whether you are an experienced enthusiast or a novice, the Safety Advisors can help you avoid getting into difficulty

Our mission being to 'prevent avoidable loss of life at sea' by changing attitudes and behaviours towards ensuring you have quality advice that is up to date and relevant to your enjoyment of the sea.

The best way is planning and although there are many ways to stay safe, here are our 6 top tips.


Boating can be extremely unpredictable.  If you find yourself in the water, a correctly fitted and functional lifejacket could be your lifesaver! Why not pop into one of our 'lifejacket clinics' where we will check them for you free of charge - did you know we find at least one in twelve will fail! (2013 stats)


When was your engine last serviced?  Are you sure it will get you home? Always check you have enough fuel for the trip and always carry reserve fuel.


Tell someone ashore where you are going and when you’ll be back.  They will raise the alarm if you are overdue.


How will you call for help in an emergency?  VHF is best because you are broadcasting to the marine community on the water who may be listening to your call.  Mobile phones are an option but you may not get adequate reception at sea and the person you are calling may not be able to answer.  Flares are essential too.


Before you head out, always check forecasts and tide times.  Ask for details at your local Harbour Office to make sure it’s safe to go.

6       TRAINING

There is no substitute for specific training to meet your boating needs.

We would like to offer you a completely free, friendly and confidential service that looks at the safety aspects involved with your boat. It is a personal face-to-face chat about safety equipment and procedures, and takes the form either on your boat or ashore at a time and place to suit you.

We can also offer presentations/demonstrations to clubs and or groups of individuals on subjects such as lifejackets and flares.

The RNLI has also produced Sea Safety –The Complete Guide, a free guide containing vital information and advice aimed at helping you to enjoy the sea safely. It can also be downloaded at

For your free copy call 0800 328 0600, visit or call at Bembridge Lifeboat Station.

You can arrange a chat to any sea safety issue by contacting me on 07775 900244 or  Don’t forget it’s all free and it can be arranged where or when is most convenient to you and in the extreme, could save your life!


Alan Doe

Bembridge Lifeboat Coastal Safety Officer  (CSO)

Post Script - it has recently (July 2018) been announced that the HM Coastguard voluntary CG66 Safety Identification scheme is being replaced by the free RYA Safetrx app.  For more details click this link.

BHYC Open Day 16th June 2018

Coastal Safety, Education Department and RNLI shop all supported Brading Haven YC Open day on Saturday. The RNLB Alfred Albert Williams (Tamar 16-17) was also in attendance. A lot of good advice given and 15 lifejackets checked. All doing our bit to reduce the loss of life on and around our coasts. A good day!

How To Videos

Over the past couple of months the Community Safety team at Poole have a been working on a series of ‘How To’ safety films and now live and ready to go.

The How To films that have been made are as follows, with the YouTube link to the film next to each title:

The safety pages on the RNLI website are currently in the process of being updated and once this is done you will also see a few of these videos feature in our sailing and motor boating, angling and kayaking pages.