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A first for Cornwall and the country

A first for Cornwall and the country

Published by Helen Down at 6:22pm 15th April 2019. (Updated at 6:24pm 15th April 2019)

A new lifeguard visitor centre has opened at Fistral beach to teach vital skills to keep people safe.

The new interactive visitor attraction is the first in the country dedicated to RNLI lifeguards and safety alone.

The facility which boasts panoramic views of Fistral beach aims to teach safety skills for life.

Located on the first floor of the lifeguard unit at Fistral beach, it allows members of the public to find out more about the RNLI lifeguards safety and prevention work through fun, interactive displays.

Visitors can 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'll also be 'meet the lifeguards' and 'meet the lifeboat crew' boards, a 'dress the crew' game and highlights of the RNLI's lifeguarding history.

Children enjoy the jet ski
Children enjoy the jet ski

The centre will 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.

It will also be utilised as a community space by school groups and other outreach work to support the RNLI's work in communicating safety messages to the public.

Michael Charlton, RNLI Visitor Engagement Operations Manager, welcomed guests to the opening this morning and introduced the visitor centre as a vital facility in supporting the local lifeguard teams with communicating safety messages, ensuring people are safe while enjoying Fistral beach.

The RNLI's Chief Executive Paul Boissier then explained the RNLI's wider safety and prevention work, and thanked the new volunteer team who will operate the centre and interact with the public daily.

The visitor centre was then officially opened by Paul Benney, a former lifeguard who has four decades of experience of lifesaving in Newquay previously working for the council, the RNLI and now volunteering for the local surf lifesaving club.

After Paul cut he ribbon, people were invited upstairs to take a look around. RNLI lifeguards then carried out a demonstration on the beach.

Paul Benney speaking at the visitor centre opening
Paul Benney speaking at the visitor centre opening

"We're delighted this new facility is now open and already welcoming the public through its doors.

"This is a new venture for the RNLI and it will be pivitol in supporting the lifeguards by sharing important and relevant safety advice specifically for Fistral, helping people to keep safe when using the beach.

"The centre is manned by a new team of volunteers who are looking forward to meeting people and sharing the RNLI's advice on beach safety."

Julie Evans, RNLI Visitor Experience Manager

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