Trust helps to put Alan through his lifeboat paces

Alan Stewart
Alan Stewart

A new volunteer crew member at Amble RNLI lifeboat station has had a vital part of his crew training funded by an educational trust.

Alan Stewart, 48, from Amble, travelled to the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset, to complete the trainee crew course.

A key part of that course is the sea survival element, which enables new volunteer crew to be trained in a variety of crucial subjects including how to abandon ship with a four-metre jump into water; team survival swimming and coping in a life raft in simulated darkness; how to deal with fires aboard lifeboats; how to right a capsized inshore lifeboat and the importance of lifejackets.

The training was funded by The Lloyd’s Register Edyucation Trust (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.

Alan, who volunteers as an all-weather lifeboat crew member when he is not performing his duties as a paramedic, said of the training: “I was amazed at how in-depth and realistic all of the survival techniques and scenarios were. As a result, I feel much more prepared and confident when going to sea in difficult conditions now.”

Amble RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Rodney Burge 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.”