Rhidian Caradine being invested into the South Brent Explorers wearing RNLI crew kit over his Scout uniform.

October 2009.
The South Brent Explorer Scouts were determined not to be outdone by the Dartmouth Scouts (See below for a report on the Scout's visit)
The Explorers watched videos of various rescues by All Weather Lifeboats as well as Inshore Lifeboats before deciding on the design and equipment of their own lifeboat. They then were shown the real thing and held the second Investiture in the Dart Inshore Lifeboat's short history.


Dartmouth Venture Scouts are invested in the Dart lifeboat

April 2009
Sophie Chapman, daughter of one of our Helmsmen, and John Lagdon were both invested as Explorer Scouts in the Dart lifeboat. The 1st Dartmouth Scout troop spent an evening at the lifeboat station. The Scout Patrols were divided up as lifeboat crew, shore crew and coastguards. When the pager sounded they had to race to the lifeboat station. First ones back were allowed to dress as lifeboatmen and the search for a "man overboard" began. The scout acting as helmsman had his helmet camera running and the video he shot is available on the main RNLI web site. Use the link to the RNLI web site in the Links section on the blue tab at the top of this page. Search in the section called Press centre. In the Press centre look for Videos and ours is in the section labelled Education.


9 October 2014

Dartington Guides visit RNLI Dart Lifeboat Station

Dartington Guides visit RNLI Dart Lifeboat Station. Photo by Riki Bannister/RNLI

Eighteen Guides from Dartington, with their Leader, Rachel Tlusty, enjoyed an evening at the RNLI Dart Lifeboat Station last Thursday. (9/10/2014). Three of the volunteer crew, Chris Tracey, Kev Murphy and Dean Nettleton, were there to meet them, along with Education volunteer John Fenton and photographer for the night, Riki Bannister.
The evening began with a video of a rescued kayaker, highlighting Rachel Cole, the only lady member of the crew at present. The Guides were then taken through a review of their knot-tying skills by the crew.
After having been shown how to use the hand held compass from the lifeboat in order to follow a course, the Guides were taught basic radio communication skills using private hand held radios. These two elements were brought together as the group in the lifeboat station communicated by radio with those out in the dark on the Park using a series of bearings and distances to find a “body”. The evening was rounded off with Guiding Birthday celebrations and cake!

1st Dartmouth Beavers. 14 September 2015













Beavers to the rescue.

Nine Dartmouth Beavers, along with their leader, Catherine Addison, came to meet the volunteers at the RNLI Dart inshore lifeboat station. The Beavers enjoyed seeing photos of recent launches, especially the story of the calf that fell into the sea and how it was rescued; a story that went on to be covered in the national Press.
They then all climbed into the lifeboat and learnt about the equipment that is carried on the boat. They were particularly interested to see the two types of stretcher used by the crew. The evening was rounded of by watching a video, taken by the crew, of a lady with a very painful back after a fall on her boat. She was placed on the long board stretcher and carried on the lifeboat to an Ambulance on shore.
If your group would like to visit the Lifeboat Station please contact Kevin Murphy, the RNLI Dart Lifeboat Visits Officer, on his Mobile 07890 809106 or by using the “Contact us” link on this website,

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