both_boatsImagine for a moment that you’re part of the crew on a lifeboat. It’s 2.30am on a freezing January morning and the pager’s just woken you from a deep sleep in a snug warm bed. You then head out to sea in complete darkness and 10m waves rise and fall around you, ready to swamp you at any moment. Strong gale force winds throw the lifeboat around like a toy. A fishing trawler is in difficulties 23 miles out to sea.

Still want to volunteer? Read on…

Our crew members need to:

  • pass a probationary period that usually lasts for one year
  • be under 45 years old (inshore lifeboat) or 55 (all-weather lifeboat)
  • be a team player and be accepted by the rest of the crew
  • be physically fit
  • enjoy hard physical work
  • be over 17 (with the permission of your parents) or over 18 years old
  • get on well with other people
  • live and/or work close to a lifeboat station
  • communicate easily
  • pass a medical and eyesight test including colour vision
  • 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.

Still interested?

If the thrill of a shout and being part of a close-knit team appeal to you, and you have the spare time required to make a commitment, then fill in the form below.

Tell us a little bit about yourself – where you live, your age, where you work (check with your employers if they are happy for you to leave work for emergencies and training), what you do in your spare time – and why you think you’d make a good crew member.

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