Walmer RNLI celebrate newly qualified crew

Lifeboats News Release

Walmer volunteers have completed their training as fully competent boat crew.

Neil Franks, Max Bowyer and James Foster on board D Class lifeboat Duggie Rodbard II

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Neil Franks, Max Bowyer and James Foster on board D Class lifeboat Duggie Rodbard II

Becoming fully competent lifeboat crew is no overnight task. Competency-based training (CoBT) begins ashore and lasts at least a year. The Walmer station operates two inshore lifeboats - an Atlantic 85 and the smaller D Class. Once afloat, crew undertake units covering launch and recovery, operational communication using search and rescue radio equipment, chart work, radar, local knowledge and, importantly, behaviour and commitment. All are practiced and assessed regularly. Other units include knowing the layout of both boats, anchoring, towing, mooring and berthing. A total of forty-two units in all.

Three Walmer crew, James Foster, Neil Franks and Max Bowyer have recently undertaken final rigorous assessment by RNLI Divisional Assessor Trainer Dave Needham, the culmination of over three years commitment.

Speaking after the final assessment, Walmer’s Operations Manager Denis Brophy said, ‘These successes are testament to the resolve, hard work and dedication shown by James, Neil and Max over the past three years.’


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