Mr Richard Kenyon
School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
I provide a broad range of technical support, based primarly at the Marine Station building, Coxside, Plymouth.
I came to work at the University in 2002, my previos employment was six years as an RNLI Beach Lifeguard/Supervisor in the South Hams area.
I am a qualified SLSGB Beach Lifeguard and Inflatable Rescue Boat Coxwain and Crew.
I also hold qualifications as a BSA Surfing Instructor, RYA Powerboat driver - level 2, RYA Safety boat driver.
During 31/05/08 to 01/06/08 I attended Surf-Lifesaving Great Britain's first NARS Beach Lifeguard Trainer Induction course, at Saunton Sands SLSC in order to become a fully qualified Beach Lifeguard trainer during 2008.
During 2009 I successfully trained UOP students to become qualified NARS Beach Lifeguards.
During summer 2010 I successfully trained another two BSc Surf-Science students to become qualified NARS Beach Lifeguards, securing my NARS Trainer award. These students gained employment as a seasonal Beach Lifeguards with the RNLI in the South Hams.
Summer 2011 I have sucessfully trained four more SLSGB Beach Lifeguards. (SLSGB Beach Lifeguard = newer, standard LG qualification)
March 2016 - I have a commercially endorsed PB level 2 skipper for small boats, which encompasses VHF, Sea Survival, PRR exam, Emergency First-Aid and boat handling skills.
My current role is a Grade 4 Technician at the Marine Station.
My responsibilities are:
Scientific Equipment Storage and Deployment. Marine Station store to all vessels and fieldwork loans.
Purchasing Equipment, Services and consumables via ordersMSE working closely with Robert Mann.
Skippering small fleet vessels for teaching and project work from the Marine Station to Plymouth Sound and Tamar River.
Providing Technical support afloat on small vessels as well as deck operations on some of the larger fleet.
Working with Research projects (DRIBS and BLUECOAST) skippering CODY and working with instrumentation afloat and in the field.
I also hold qualifications relevant to lifting and loading (Slinger/Signalman/Crane Operator) that relate to the moving/lifting of heavy items using our overhead crane and FASSI quay crane. These are used during regularly to facilitate boat maintenance and logistics surrounding taught modules afloat on the UoP vessels.
worked on the DRIBS project ( Dynamic Rip-currents and Implications on Beach Safety) at Perranporth May/June 2011. http://www.perc.plymouth.ac.uk/coastal-processes/DRIBS/DRIBS.html