About us

We are the RNLI: the charity that saves lives at sea. Every day of every year, people of all backgrounds get into danger in the water. It’s a problem that we’re here to tackle. 
Kinsale RNLI crew member reaching out from their B class Atlantic inshore lifeboat to help a casualty

Photo: Nigel Millard

How we save lives
Working together: lifeboat crew member and lifeguard help a swimmer to shore.
Our strategy
Working together with partners and communities, we aim to educate, influence, supervise and rescue those at risk from drowning.
How we save lives
Our Sustainability Plan
Port Isaac crew in their D class lifeboat in rough seas.
Sustainability
We’re committed to saving lives at sea indefinitely, which means being as sustainable as we can in everything we do.
Our Sustainability Plan
See how we’re run
Swanage RNLI’s Shannon class lifeboat, George Thomas Lacy 13-13, at sea.
How the RNLI is run
We are separate from the Coastguard, independent of the Government and rely on our volunteers and supporters to run our lifesaving service.
See how we’re run
Delve into our history
Hunstanton crew onboard their Self Righting class lifeboat, Licensed Victualler, as she sits on her horse-drawn carriage on the beach. Circa 1900-1931.
Our history
Since 1824 we’ve pioneered developments in lifesaving at sea. And our lifesavers have shown unfailing courage and selflessness.
Delve into our history
Meet our crowd
Group shot of fundraisers, including cyclists, runners, bakers, dog walkers and yellow welly wearers.
Our people
From our lifesavers and volunteers, to our staff and supporters, we’re all ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
Meet our crowd
Our research
Launch and recovery excercise of the Dungeness Shannon class lifeboat The Morrell 13-02
Our research

Finding new ways to save lives through innovation, data analysis, and new technology.

Our research
Read our stories
Wicklow crew member jumping into the water for rescue reconstruction.
Magazine
Ordinary people. Extraordinary stories. Magazine is a section of our website dedicated to telling our stories in greater detail.
Read our stories
Read about the rescues
Saving Lives at Sea - our crew and lifeguards at Hoylake
On TV: Saving Lives at Sea
In Saving Lives at Sea, RNLI volunteers from across the UK and Ireland show us what it’s like to be part of a lifesaving team. Here, we go behind the scenes of some of the rescues featured in the show.
Read about the rescues
Visit our recruitment website
RNLI face-to-face fundraisers at the 2015 RNLI Open Weekend
Work for us
Put your skills to good use and make a lifesaving difference. Take a look at our volunteering and job opportunities.
Visit our recruitment website
Find the best way for you
Portrait of Tower RNLI Crew Member Tim McDonnell
Contact us
You’re at the heart of everything we do and we love to hear from you. Depending on your enquiry, there are many ways to contact us.
Find the best way for you