River Safety Training
As the name suggestions, Kingston upon Thames runs alongside the River Thames. The river is a fantastic visitor attraction, however it also presents a significant danger for people entering the water in the form of cold shock. Cold shock causes a person to gasp uncontrollably, drawing water into the lungs and increasing the risk of drowning. Fifteen water based deaths and 344 incidents have occurred within the River Thames over the last year.
As a BID, Kingstonfirst wish to ensure visitors remain safe whilst in the Town, therefore Kingstonfirst works alongside the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) to deliver a River Safety Training programme. The River Safety Training programme has taken place for the last four years with 360 people benefitting from the training. Primarily the training has been conducted for business personnel, however this has extended to the voluntary sector (including emergency response volunteers) and the general public who are using the riverside at the time training takes place. The sessions teach participants how to use throw-bags (perry lines) and perform basic cold water rescue techniques. One participant from McClusky’s Night Club saved the lives of two men with his newly acquired skills only three weeks after his training.
The River Safety Training programme received industry recognition in 2014 when Kingstonfirst was awarded the National Association of Business Crime Partnership Excellence Award for this initiative.
To attend free river safety training or for more information contact Paul Riordan on 020 8547 1221 or email [email protected].