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Advice onboard

RNLI Sea Check being carried out by a sea safety officer.

The RNLI offers a free, friendly and confidential service that looks at the safety aspects of your boat. Conducted by one of our highly trained volunteers, Advice Onboard is a personal, face-to-face safety advice service that takes place onboard your craft.

You set the time and we tailor our visit to your vessel and the type of boating you do.


Whether you’re a newcomer or an experienced boater, our unique one-to-one service will give you an opportunity to ask any niggling questions on equipment or emergency procedures.

Other benefits include:

  • a free, independent discussion on boat safety equipment

  • an opportunity to discuss safety matters, tapping into a wealth of knowledge and experience

  • a sticker showing your support for the scheme

  • your copy of the completed form, which is a written summary of the main points discussed.

The whole Advice Onboard service, even the phone call to book, is free. The service is available in all parts of the UK and the RoI, at your convenience and to anyone who goes to sea in almost any type of leisure craft.

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