Our crew members
be over 17 (with the permission of your parents) or over 18 years old
be under 55 years old (inshore lifeboat) or 65 (all-weather lifeboat)
pass a medical and eyesight test
be physically fit
live and/or work close to the lifeboat station
pass a probationary period that usually lasts for one year
be a team player and be accepted by the rest of the crew
enjoy hard physical work
get on well with other people
obey orders when required to.
Being part of a lifeboat crew is a major commitment, which could include risking your life. Your commitment isn’t only measured in the time spent involved in rescues. Increasingly, new equipment and faster boats mean that regular training programmes also account for much of your spare time. You may also be asked to help show visitors around the station and with local fundraising.
What’s in it for you?
The RNLI provides first class training and equipment, guidance and support. Volunteering with us offers you the opportunity to make a difference in your local community, to save lives and be part of the larger RNLI family. We can offer you one of the most exciting and fulfilling volunteer roles available.
Want to volunteer but stay dry?
We have a number of shore based roles. These include shore crew, tractor drivers, shop staff and station visit volunteers.