We provide, on call, a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland, and a seasonal lifeguard service. With our lifeboats, lifeguards, safety advice and flood rescue, we are committed to preventing drowning tragedies.
Our volunteer crews count on the safest, fastest and most reliable lifeboats.
The vigilance of our lifeguards means accidents can be prevented before they happen.
Our fleet and stations
Keeping beaches safe
Specially trained volunteers are on call for flooding emergencies at home and abroad.
See how the RNLI works across the globe to tackle a drowning epidemic that kills 1.2M people a year.
Read about flood rescue
Our international work
When lives are at risk, it’s crucial our lifeboat crews and lifeguards are highly trained.
From oars to water jets, the way we save lives at sea has evolved significantly since 1824.
Our lifesaving heritage
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland | RNLI (Trading) Ltd - 1073377, RNLI (Sales) Ltd - 2202240, RNLI (Enterprises) Ltd - 1784500 and RNLI College Ltd - 7705470 are all companies registered in England and Wales at West Quay Road, Poole BH15 1HZ. Images & copyright © RNLI 2014.