Ernest and Mabel Severn Class All Weather Lifeboat Braemar Atlantic 75 - B774 Inshore Lifeboat
The following notices have been issued by the RNLI Central Safety Team giving advice on policy, safety, procedural aspects etc  intended for local safety teams.
From RNLI Central
The RNLI has a “Zero Tolerance” approach to antisocial behaviour, but what does that actually mean?  Find out HERE
Anti-social Behaviour and Zero Tolerance Policy
 At the end of July a new navigation e-Learning course for crew and sea-goers was announced.  Find out more HERE
New e-learning navigational course
The recently published MAIB report on the fishing vessel Louisa, which foundered whilst at anchor, has highlighted a number of issues that might be brought-up during your RNLI preventative activities in coming days..  More details HERE
Life Jacket Issues
From Local Sources
The RNLI and RYA websites contain an abundance of advice regarding all aspects of safety at sea and on land.  Click on the links below for advice on your particular interests.
A PHA  directive regarding kite surfing in Portland Harbour can be read HERE 
Portland Harbour Authority Directive re. Kite Surfing
Last week another customer fell between their boat and the pontoon finger in the Westwey Road marina. The lady was unable to get herself out of the water despite desperate attempts and was rescued by the RNLI Inshore Lifeboat. The following points should be considered by berth-holders:   Do you know where the nearest escape ladder is to your boat? Is it worth leaving a ladder lowered on the stern of your boat in harbour if you have one? Think about following the harbour staff's example by wearing a lifejacket at all times on the pontoons. A customer has also suggested that it could be helpful to know where the closest vessel is with a bathing platform etc. on the stern as this could be used in an emergency to get out. Likewise please familiarise yourself with all emergency equipment on the pontoons. Please act now to ensure you do not find yourself in the same position.  Do not under-estimate the difficulty in getting out of the water when you are shocked and cold.  
Weymouth Harbour Authority Directive re. Pontoon Safety
Cold Water Shock Correct Use of a Lifejacket Angling Body Boardinging Coastal Walking Stand-up Paddleboarding Kitesurfing Kayaking & Canoeing Scuba Diving Surfing Yachting & Motorboating Guide to Lifejackets Better Boating Guide
Time Expired Pyrotechnics Policy
Along with the RNLI’s latest policy on Time Expired Pyrotechnics that was emailed to you on 5 th  June, we provided you with a link to the MCA’s Guidance notes on how to dispose of them. Some of you will have noticed that this guidance links to a number of documents however these links were broken. We contacted the MCA, who responded as below: ‘MGN 419 is the latest marine guidance note, however following changes from Directgov to Gov the link to the information was broken.  At this time we are currently reviewing the policy for accepting TEPs and the appointment process and until this has been completed we are unable to issue a new guidance note, as we don’t want to issue confusing messages. Information about the disposal of TEPs can be obtained from Gov.uk through the following link: https://www.gov.uk/owning-a-boat/safety-at-sea  The above information does still reference MRCCs and we are working with the site administers to change and update the terminology in line with Future Coastguard, and to amend the links. Please see attached the latest version of the advice and contact numbers that we hold. In any correspondence or safety advice briefing it is important to stress that the Coastguard has no statutory duty to take in out of date flares and that the service currently offered is a last resort option at the discretion of the Coastguard and should not be used as the primary route of disposal for TEPs in the UK.  Initially members of the public should look to dispose of out of date flares through the place they brought them, as many chandlers do offer a take back scheme.  Pains Wessex have implemented a contracted solution through Aquafax which enables participating chandlers to takeback Pains Wessex flares for disposal.  Details of the Pains Wessex scheme can be found through the following link: http://www.painswessex.com/news/2014/07/22/aquafax-launches-uk-flare-disposal-scheme  In addition British Marine have implemented a contracted solution through EOD Contracts, which enables their members to dispose of TEPs through participating marinas, although there is a small charge for this service. We would also ask you to stress that the Coastguard do not undertake a collection service, if an MoP has TEPs in their garage the onus is on them to dispose of them appropriately.’ Kind regards, The Community Safety Team
As you know, as well as being there for people in an emergency, you as specially trained RNLI volunteers offer boaters a number of fantastic services and we have produced an A5 ‘What we can do for you’ leaflet to help you advertise these services in your local communities.
On one side it promotes the lifejacket lockers, currently in 4 locations, giving details on how the public can find out more including
other planned locations. The other side advertises that we offer lifejacket clinics, advice on board and presentations and gives
details on how the public can book one of these services with us.
There are now a number of leaflets available to order through community_safety@rnli.org.uk and for those times you want to
display these leaflets, be that at events or in a retail environment etc, you can also order a RTW cardboard leaflet holder. These
leaflet holders are generic with the ‘Treat water with respect, not everyone can be saved’ message on the front, hold A5 size
leaflets and come in packs of 2.               Both the ‘What we can do for you’ leaflet and the RTW leaflet holder are now available to order by emailing community_safety@rnli.org.uk  Kind regards The Community Safety Team
What Can We Do for You?
RYA SafeTrx App
EVENT DATE/TIME DETAILS Big Weymouth Walkies 25 th  March Sponsored event by Wessex FM and Dave Cumber Vets on Weymouth Beach. Fayre in The Square 26 th -27 th  May A celebration of local music and talent, with the aim of raising money for local groups and wider Rotary charities. Wessex Folk Festival 2 nd -3 rd  June Free annual event featuring live music, dancing and more. A Class Championship 8 th  June Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy Weymouth & Portland 22 nd -24 th  June Military displays, vehicles and re- enactments continue to be a favourite, with the Armed Forces Celebrations Service of Remembrance and parade at 11:00am, Sunday 24 th  June. Armed Forces Day 30 th  June Pommery Dorset Seafood 14 th -15 th  July The UK's largest FREE seafood festival set in Festival Weymouth Harbour. Local seafood, great chefs, demos and more. Byte World Championship 19 th  July Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy Lulworth Bestival 26 th -29 th  July Mixing music with comedy, theatre and a huge variety of workshops, fun and games. RAF Careers Beach 27 th -29 th  July Part of the National Beach Volleyball Tour, organised with the support of the RAF and Volleyball Classic Volleyball England. A Class Championship 8 th  June Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy Weymouth Lifeboat Week 22 nd -29 th  July Events every day in the harbour, or on the beach, at Bowleaze Cove or on the Nothe see www.rnliweymouth.org.uk RS Games 2018 4 th -25 th  August 1000 boats and 1500 competitors from around 30 nations are expected to make the RS  Games a huge festival. Weymouth Carnival 14 th -15 th  August Two days of entertainment, displays, processions etc. Dragon Boat Racing Organised by the Rotary Club of Melcombe Regis, follow the event on Facebook. Merchant Navy Day 3 rd  September Honouring the brave men and women who kept our 'Island Nation' afloat during both World Wars.  Parade at the MNA memorial on the esplanade. Weymouth Yacht Regatta 8 th -9 th  September Bart’s Bash 2017 15 th -16 th  September When the world goes sailing together. Be part of the world’s largest sailing event! Ironman 73 23 rd  September Brings thousands of athletes to Weymouth for the ultimate one-day test of endurance. Beach Motocross 28 th  October Annual race event on Weymouth Beach organised by Weymouth Lions Club Guy Fawkes Celebrations 5 th  November Including children’s Guy Fawkes competition, fairground, bonfire and fireworks display. Christmas Day Harbour Swim 25 th  December Annual fund-raising swim across Weymouth Harbour.