Sunday, 28 February 2016

Our official Shannon training starts tomorrow

Our official Shannon training starts on Mon 29 Feb with a 5 day 'Waterjet boat handling' course at RNLI HQ in Poole.

Four of our crew, Dave Turnbull, Steve Williams, Gavin Steeden and John Deas will be undertaking the course to give them the skills to operate our new lifeboat. Waterjet powered boats do handle quite differently to conventional boats and the week at the college is all about understanding the differences and learning what waterjet boats can do.

The beginning of the week the crew will be using 'Odyn' a 43' RIB that the RNLI bought to trial waterjets a good few years ago. She's a similar size to a Shannon but with the inflatable tubes all the way round it means that the odd knocks and bumps are easily overcome.
Later in the week they'll move on to a relief Shannon and transfer the skills that they learnt earlier in the week.

Hopefully we'll be able to add for photos from the training as the week goes on. This video from Hamilton jets is an interesting watch and there's more information on their website -

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Kayaking anglers donate over £1200

Swanage Lifeboat's Coxswain Martin Steeden and the rest of the crew are pictured below receiving a cheque for £1205.00 from David from Anglers Afloat.
The cheque is the proceeds from last year's 'Swanage Classic' kayak fishing comp an event which has been growing in popularity since it started it 2009.

This year's event is 21 May 2016 and more details can be found on their website

They are great supporters of Swanage Lifeboat and the RNLI and we're looking for to seeing them again later in the year.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Boathouse update - ALB boathall frame is up

A busy few weeks for our builders and their team of carpenters has resulted in the site really changing shape. The timber frame is up and the roof will be going on in the next few weeks.
The first of the frames went in on Monday evening.
Two more by the end of the following day.
 Another one by mid-morning the next day.
Then the fifth.
And then the sixth and final one.
The view from the air is pretty good.
The view from inside is pretty good too!

More pics in the next few weeks as things continue to progress.