Exciting opportunity at Newhaven to join one of the longest serving stations

Lifeboats News Release

One of the country’s longest serving lifeboat stations is looking for a key person to lead a dedicated team of volunteers in its third century of saving lives at sea.

Photograph of the Newhaven Lifeboat at moooring.

RNLI/Paul Dunt

The Newhaven Lifeboat 'David and Elizabeth Acland'.

There has been a lifeboat at Newhaven since 1803 and since then has saved hundreds of lives. During that time the crews have been awarded 19 medals for gallantry.

Its current Severn-class lifeboat, David and Elizabeth Acland, is the largest lifeboat in the RNLI fleet and is a state of the art vessel for responding to incidents in the busy Dover Strait shipping lane and local waters.

Now the lifeboat station is looking for a Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) to head up the station’s volunteer crew. The LOM is authorised to launch the lifeboat, provide leadership of the operations team and ensure all operational activities are carried out to maintain the lifeboats and all associated equipment in a constant state of readiness for launching on service.

Under the leadership of the LOM, all crew follow the RNLI’s national Competency Based Training Scheme and respond to pagers when there is a request to launch the lifeboats. The wider team includes volunteer fundraisers, shop volunteers and youth education presenters.

Newhaven is also looking for a Deputy Launching Authority (DLA) to join the current DLAs and assist in authorising the launching of the lifeboat on service. The DLAs on station support the LOM in their role. Both volunteer positions offer a great opportunity to join a motivated and enthusiastic local team and have the satisfaction of contributing to the RNLI’s key aim of saving lives at sea.

If you are a team player with leadership skills and local maritime knowledge this could be the role for you. You must live or work within 10 minutes of the station and be between 17 and 70 years of age. To find out more details on the role, or apply online, please use the following links:

Lifeboat Operations Manager


Deputy Launching Authority


For an informal chat about the roles, please contact Area Lifesaving Manager, Phill Corsi on 07827 843616 or email [email protected]

Note for Editors:

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. 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 messages and flood rescue we are committed to saving more lives.

Media Contacts:

For more information, or for interview requests, contact Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer on 07785 296 252 or [email protected], Julie Rainey, Regional Media Manager for London and the south east, on 07827 358 256 / [email protected]

or the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 [email protected]

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