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News Archive > General > RNLI´s visitor centre is open

RNLI´s visitor centre is open

By Warren Wilkins 17th April 2019

RNLI´s visitor centre is open
Photo: Beth Perry

THE first visitor attraction dedicated to lifeguards and safety was officially opened at Newquay’s Fistral Beach on Monday morning.

The new Visitor Experience Centre located on the first floor of the lifeguard station allows visitors to find out more about the RNLI lifeguards’ safety and prevention work through fun, interactive displays.

Visitors are able to try on lifeguard kit, sit on a rescue watercraft used to save people in the water, see the medical kit lifeguards use and watch footage of previous rescues. They are also able to ‘meet the lifeguards and lifeboat crew’, take part in a ‘dress the crew’ game and view highlights of the RNLI’s lifeguarding history.

The centre aims to provide an engaging and educational experience where families visiting the local area can be equipped with the information required to stay safe when visiting the beach.

Paul Benney, who has a long history spanning four decades of lifesaving work in Newquay, working for the council, RNLI and as part of the local surf lifesaving club, was given the honour of cutting the ribbon at the visitor centre.

Visitors were then invited to have a look around the facility and RNLI lifeguards carried out a demonstration on the beach to mark the launch.

Julie Evans, RNLI Visitor Experience manager, said: “We’re delighted to be opening this amazing new facility dedicated to RNLI lifeguards and beach safety.

“Fistral is an iconic beach with a long history of lifeguarding and draws in thousands of people every year, so we’re hoping beachgoers will take some time to drop in and learn more about how to keep themselves safe.

We have a small team of volunteers who will run the visitor centre for a few hours a day, welcoming people, showing them around the activities and giving relevant safety messages.

“It is fantastic location on Fistral Beach with a panoramic view of the sea and the lifeguards in action during their patrol hours. We would love to build on the team and have a bigger group of volunteers on hand to help.”

The centre will be open from 12pm to 3pm, Monday to Saturday, depending on volunteer availability. It is hoped opening times will increase as the school holidays approach.

l Anybody interested to volunteer to enable the centre to open more regularly can email Julie_evans@rnli.org.uk or telephone 07818 688611 to find out more information on the role.

By Warren Wilkins 17th April 2019

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