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Students at Bristol’s King’s Oak Academy learned how to cope in a water emergency during life-saving lessons from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Lifeboat volunteer Geoff Vian’s made a big impact on students with the delivery of five educational workshops across various year groups within the academy.

Students learned about the amazing rich history of the RNLI and were informed where they can find their local lifeboat station, so they can follow-up their learning and view a lifeboat up close.

Students were also taught what to do in the case of a water emergency, learning vital – and potentially life-saving – information. They also enjoyed an opportunity to get hands-on interactive experience with some of the kit which RNLI crewmembers use on board their vessels. 

Dan Jackson, King’s Oak’s Lead Practitioner in Health, Hospitality & Catering, PSHE & PE, said, “It was brilliant having Geoff visit from the RNLI. I believe it is really important that pupils know how to keep themselves safe, and Dean delivered how to do this really well.

“Throughout the workshops the pupils showed brilliant understanding of what they would do in differing scenarios, and hopefully now they will feel more confident if they were to ever find themselves in a dangerous situation.” 

The RNLI is the largest charity that saves lives at sea around the coasts of the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man, as well as on some inland waterways.