Water meet-ups keep safety afloat

Oban lifeboat's Leonie Mead, coxswain Ally Cerexhe along with Ben Sunderland of Adventure Oban.

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Places are being snapped up for the first in a series of water safety events run by Oban RNLI and Adventure Oban.

Oban Sailing Club and Scottish Sea Farms have also partnered up for the September 30 session with a focus on  paddleboarding (SUP) and open water swimming.

The autumn meeting at the sailing club in Dungallon Road at 6pm will involve talks and Q&As from Oban lifeboat’s coxswain Ally Cerexhe, crew member Leonie Mead and Cara Redpath from the RNLI’s  Water Safety team.

Swimmers Max and Stacey Holloway and paddle boarders Andy and Laura Corbe will also be there and there will be a short guided swim/paddle suitable for all levels afterwards.

Places are free but limited so need to be booked in advance, go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/adventure-oban-rnli-water-safety-autumn-meet-tickets-169185288753

If it gets booked up, organisers will look at running another session.

‘Oban revolves around the water. We want to make sure our community knows how to enjoy the opportunities it can offer safely and responsibly – whilst having fun. So, come along, join us and get involved,’ said Oban lifeboat’s Leonie.

If also interested in finding out more about Adventure Oban – a not-for-profit, community-led outdoor activity charity supporting equal access for all to Oban’s natural playground – go to its website via adventureoban.org