Sixteen Rainbows are the last to visit our Spirit of the Dart.

RNLI Dart Lifeboat Station, Coronation Park, Dartmouth
Tuesday, 25 June 2019
4:00pm - 5:00pm
The Rainbows took it in turn to climb into the D class lifeboat
Photo: Sharon Jones
The Rainbows took it in turn to climb into the D class lifeboat

Sixteen Rainbows, the girl’s equivalent of Beaver scouts, came with their leader, Sharon Jones, and their parents to the RNLI Dart lifeboat station in June 2019.
John Fenton, the RNLI Dart education volunteer and Bob Thomas, the lifeboat station manager, had recently spent a day at Dartington C of E Primary school and another session at St John’s C of E Primary school in Totnes. They had talked to the children about keeping safe by the water and used the recently developed materials introduced by the RNLI to illustrate this to the different year groups.

The Rainbows were shown the Year 3 – 7 material and learnt the importance of not trying to rescue your dog if it gets into a difficult situation near or in the water. “Ask a grown up to call the Coastguard using 999 on their phone and leave the rescuing to the experts.”

The Rainbows were the last to visit the D class lifeboat Spirit of the Dart as she is soon to be replaced by a new boat. They were amazed to see all the equipment carried on the lifeboat. Before they left they were tested on the Points of the Compass and had to “jump to it!”

All aboard the Spirit of the Dart
Photo: Sharon Jones
All aboard the Spirit of the Dart

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Devon TQ6 9RR

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