Volunteers wanted at Porthcawl RNLI lifeboat station

Lifeboats News Release

Are you interested in volunteering at Porthcawl RNLI lifeboat station? We currently have volunteering opportunities for crew, shore crew, tractor drivers, shop staff, ‘station visit’ volunteers and fundraisers.

D Class, 'Jean Ryall' and Atlantic 85, 'Rose of the Shires' in background.

Steve Jones

Porthcawl's lifeboats

Volunteering as Lifeboat Crew

Are you prepared to carry out RNLI professional training and work together as part of the lifeboat team? Being crew needs dedication to attend practice and training sessions, there will be adrenaline filled times when your pager goes off for the real thing – a launch on service.

Still want to volunteer? Read on…

Our crew members need to:

  • Be over 18 (or over 17 with the permission of your parents)
  • Be under 55 years old (inshore lifeboat)
  • Pass a medical and eyesight test and be physically fit
  • Live and/or work close to the lifeboat station – Porthcawl, Newton, Nottage.
  • Pass a probationary period that usually lasts for one year.
  • Be a team player and get on well with other people and communicate easily
  • Enjoy hard physical work
  • Be prepared to obey orders when required to.

Being part of a lifeboat crew is a major commitment and isn’t only measured in the time spent involved in rescues. Increasingly, new equipment and faster boats mean that regular training programmes also account for much of your spare time. Whilst the majority of training and crew assessments are Porthcawl based there are a few occasions when a course will be run at our training centre at Poole.

What’s in it for you? The RNLI provides first class training and equipment, guidance and support. Volunteering with us offers you the opportunity to make a difference in your local community, to save lives and be part of the larger RNLI family. We can offer you one of the most exciting and fulfilling volunteer roles available.

Want to volunteer but stay dry?

We have a number of shore based roles. These include shore crew, tractor drivers, shop staff, station visit volunteers and as a fundraiser. Training and support will be provided for each of the roles.

Still Interested?

If you’re interested in volunteering at Porthcawl and you have the spare time required to make a commitment, then get in touch with us. Contact Philip Missen MBE, Lifeboat Operations Manager at the station by phone, 01656 783299, Wednesday evening 7:30 to 9:30 or Sunday morning 10am to 12:30 pm or leave a message on the answerphone. Also through our website, http://www.porthcawl-lifeboat.co.uk or via our social media pages, https://www.facebook.com/porthcawlrnli. Or you can call in to see if we suit you by calling into the station on Sunday mornings between 10am-12pm.

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or or by email.