Frequently asked questions

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the RNLI and our lifesaving work. 

If you have a question that isn’t included in our FAQs, please contact us – we’ll be delighted to help.

RNLI flag flying against a bright blue sky
General FAQs
Get answers to our most frequently asked general questions.
Read our general FAQs
Torbay RNLI’s Severn class lifeboat, 17-28 Alec and Christina Dyke, at sea
Lifeboat FAQs
Get answers to the most frequently asked questions about our lifeboats.
Read our lifeboat FAQs
RNLI lifeguards at Holywell Bay, Newquay, monitoring people in the sea from a patrol vehicle
Lifeguard FAQs
Get answers to the most frequently asked questions about our lifeguards.
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A Sea Safe lifeguard patrolling the beach at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
International FAQs

Get answers to the most frequently asked questions about the RNLI's international development work.

read our international faqs
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Membership FAQs
Get answers to the most frequently asked questions about RNLI membership.
Read our membership FAQs
RNLI College at Holes Bay in Poole from the water
RNLI College FAQs
Get answers to our most frequently asked questions about RNLI College.
Read our RNLI College FAQs
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Chief executive salary FAQs
Get answers to the most frequently asked questions about our chief executive’s salary.
Read our Chief Executive salary FAQs