Our brill Beach Office team have an exciting new piece of equipment at their disposal for the upcoming summer, as Foreshore Inspector Rob Dove explains in his latest blog…☀️🏖️🌊
Bathers will be even safer than usual this summer season as Worthing Beach office launches its new rescue element ‘Kayak rescue and incident response’.
We pride ourselves here at the Beach office in constantly searching for ways to accommodate users of our coastline and creating a robust personal beach service, and we’re confident we have all angles covered with this new pilot scheme for 2018.
It came to our attention that in and amongst our high amenity zones from Splashpoint to the Lido, our presence is required on a more constant basis during peak times.
Although we have a vast, capable array of rescue craft such as power boats and jet ski, it stood out that we couldn’t react so efficiently in very shallow water, under the Pier or in densely packed areas. Whilst looking at how other beach services effectively patrolled their shallows, kayaks came out the most effective for many reasons:
– Overt, visual and approachable to the public
– Constant, close presence in high amenity areas
– Very effective in shallow water
– Zero carbon footprint
– Less imposing when in a static location
– Quick and effective in administering first-aid or combating
Three members of the Beach office team, including myself, have been put through our paces this last week on effective rescue techniques via kayak from an outside trainer.
After much sea swimming, paddling for England and burning shoulders all of us gained the ticks in the boxes we needed to pass and go out there and deliver the service!
A lot was learnt and drills mastered to a slick level of competency such as towing, advanced aquatic first aid, swimmer assistance and kit maintenance.
I’m sure you will notice our visual presence on our red and yellow rescue kayak on your next trip to the beach and hopefully you’ll welcome the move we’ve made to assist you further should you need us.
I feel this is a fresh approach to sea safety for Worthing and delivers a great energy to the team and all provided by YOUR council services.
Look forward to seeing us actively patrolling these areas in tandem with our land based patrols.
– If you need or see someone requiring our assistance at
sea, please call the Coastguard on 999 where we will be delegated to come to your assistance
– If its land based you require please call the Beach office
direct on 01903 238977
See you on the water…