4 February 2019
Whitstable cadets recently enjoyed a great visit to the Whitstable Lifeboat station as part of their Cadet in the community, as a detachment they are keen to be involved with the local community as much as possible.
16 cadets attended and were accompanied by 2 detachment staff, we were met by the visits co-ordinator David Hayward who has been awarded British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the community in east Kent in this year’s New Years Honours List.
He gave a brief introduction and led us into the main area of the facility and introduced us to Dave Parry the Helmsman and Mechanic who gave the cadets a guided tour of their Atlantic Type 85 lifeboat, the various job roles on board (explaining that they were all volunteers), the type of rescues that they get called out to as well as the specialist launch tractor they have to launch them across the beach and mud and into the sea at low tide. He then demonstrated the kit that they wear, and several cadets took the opportunity to try on some life jackets. We then went upstairs to the crew room where he delivered a presentation, videos and pictures of rescues that they have taken part in and the dangers of the sea.
Then cadets enjoyed themselves and all learned to appreciate the work of the RNLI and the 2 Dave’s commented on how engaged the cadets were and were pleased that they asked lots of questions.