Join the lifeboat crew

Would you like to join the crew? Kinsale female crew member reaching down towards the camera from Atlantic inshore lifeboat.

Imagine for a moment that you have gone out for the evening for a meal with your best friends at your favourite pub / restaurant. The waiter has just put your meal down in front of you and you have just taken the first bite of what promises to be a fantastic meal. Your pager goes off. You have to put down your knife and fork, forego your meal and time out with your mates and immediately head down to the lifeboat station to launch the lifeboat. A sailing vessel is in difficulties three miles out at sea!

And you still want to volunteer for this?

To become a team member, you need to:

  • be over 17 (with the permission of your parents) or over 18 years old
  • be under 55 years old (lifeboat crew) or 65 (shore crew / tractor driver)
  • complete a health assessment including eyesight to ensure they meet the health standards set for the role (lifeboat crew only)
  • 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
  • communicate easily
  • obey orders when required to.
  • be able to commit to attend the majority of training sessions on a Wednesday evening, and Sunday morning.
  • be fit and healthy and enjoy physical hard work
  • have B & E classes on your driving licence (Driving Positions)
  • interest/experience in driving large vehicles with trailers (Driving Positions)
  • willing to carry an emergency response pager and be available to respond on most weekdays and at night
  • live (and work) within a maximum of a 10-minute drive from the lifeboat station at Marine Lake in Weston-super-Mare

Do you fit the criteria above and still have a desire to give aid to those in distress?

Download our information pack on volunteering for the RNLI and an application form.

Volunteering for the RNLI 2020 V2.1

RNLI WSM Application form 2020 V2.1 Generic