New Porthdinllaen volunteers complete vital RNLI training
Caryl Jones and Mali Parry-Jones returned to Porthdinllaen full of enthusiasm after the week long course and can’t wait to practice their new skills on the north Wales coast. The Trainee Crew Course, which is a vital training course for all new RNLI crew members, was partly funded by The Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust (The LRET).
Training took place in the Sea Survival Centre at the RNLI College in Poole, which includes a wave tank and a fire-fighting simulator, allowing trainees to experience first-hand some of the scenarios they may encounter at sea as lifeboat crew.
The training was funded by The LRET, an independent charity that funds work to enhance the safety of life and property at sea, on land and in the air. It is funding the Sea Survival element of the Trainee Crew Course for a five year period from January 2011 to December 2015. This additional funding of nearly £1 million brings their total support to just over £1.5 million.
Caryl Jones said: ‘I really enjoyed Trainee Crew Course at the RNLI headquarters in Poole last week. The course was packed with various sessions: from learning practical sea survival skills, how to put out a fire without compromising our own safety, too how to right a capsized inshore lifeboat. The RNLI trainers were very supportive and reassuring throughout the course.’
Mali added: ‘The equipment and recourses that are available for training at the RNLI Lifeboat College are amazing. It’s a great place to train, because we get a chance to try out new skills in a safe and controlled environment.’
Porthdinllaen Coxswain, Michael Davies said: ‘The support given by The Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust is hugely important to the RNLI. We are extremely grateful that it has chosen to fund sea survival training, which teaches vital core skills to our volunteer crew.
‘This training is central to allowing the RNLI and its volunteers to stay safe while on rescue missions. It equips volunteers with essential sea survival skills; providing them with the courage, poise and self-confidence to save lives even in the most perilous seas.’
This donation is just the latest in The LRET’s relationship with the RNLI, which was recognised in 2010 when it received the Group Supporter Award from HRH Prince Michael of Kent in recognition of its valuable support of the charity.
RNLI Press Officer at St Asaph.