Kayaking to save lives


Local crews from Rother and Hastings are supporting CFOA (Chief Fire Officers Association) Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Week (24 – 30 April) by organising and taking part in a charity kayak event.

Watch Manager Justin Goodchild, Crew Manager Marc Wise, Firefighter Stuart Holden and Firefighter Ashley Mepham will be kayaking from Bodiam Castle to Camber Sands, approximately 20 miles, on Saturday  April 29.

The team will be helping to raise awareness about being water aware to raise money for RLSS UK (The Royal Life Saving Society UK.)

The money will be used by the RLSS to help set up and start a Rookie Lifeguard Beach School at Camber Sands. The initiative will enable local young people to learn about coastal safety awareness and become rookie Life Guards.

The Rookie Lifeguard programme is designed to teach young people a variety of life-saving skills including rescue, life-support, water safety and survival,

The programmes will offer children their first opportunity to explore water safety skills within a beach environment and help them to gain awareness, independence and confidence whilst learning vital life-saving skills.

The Kayak event will commence at 4am on  April 29 and aim to finish at Camber around lunchtime. Any support at the event for the kayakers will be greatly appreciated. For further information please contact Justin Goodchild on 07834 654329 or email: justin.goodchild@esfrs.org

A JustGiving page has also been set up if you would like to donate:



Source: East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

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