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RNLI operational crew

RNLI’s Community Safety Product Manager, Nick Fecher, and RNLI crew will be sharing their experience and insights from diving ‘shouts’ with delegates in their talk: Saving divers at sea.

They’ll be getting everyone involved with what’s planned to be an interactive and thought-provoking session with members.

Want to know more about the RNLI crew who will be speaking at the conference?

Neil Withers

Where are you based and what do you do? I was a Thames Volunteer Helm at Tower, now RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager for London & Thames.

How long have you worked/volunteered with the RNLI? Over 5 years.

What made you apply/volunteer? I had always wanted to be on Lifeboat Crew since about the age of 8,  having sat on the Lyme Regis Lifeboat back in the 70s, I joined the London Fire Brigade and then the RNLI.

What is your connection to diving? I started scuba diving off the Dorset coast at the age of 12 officially (unofficially 10) some 46 years ago and it now makes sense to link both childhood loves to making all things water safer.

Aodh O’Donnell

Where are you based and what do you do? Helm with Union Hall RNLI in Ireland.

How long have you worked/volunteered with the RNLI? Over 5 years.

What made you apply/volunteer? I have been involved in lots of body dive searches with the West Cork Underwater Search and Rescue Unit and by joining the RNLI I have had the opportunity to bring them in alive.

What is your connection to diving? I have been diving for 35 years with air and mixed gasses, and I am the Training Officer for West Cork Underwater Search & Rescue.

Derek Sutton

Where are you based and what do you do? Helm at Redcar as of 2017, formally Queensferry 2004-2017.

How long have you worked/volunteered with the RNLI? I joined Queensferry in 2000 as trainee crew.

What made you apply/volunteer? I joined rather embarrassingly because I went for a diving medical and the doctor was the LMA for Queensferry. He said he would do it for free if I spoke to the crew about joining. Most expensive medical in history but the best one.

What is your connection to diving? Diving wise I was hooked after a try dive in Bali and did an open water course in Scotland prior to a week’s diving in Egypt. I then joined BSAC 21 and progressed through to Advanced Diver and Open Water Instructor. I also worked for a short time for Deep Blue Scuba in Edinburgh as a PADI Instructor, but the lure of the dark (or silent) side in 2005 changed my direction going down the rebreather route.