Get on board and volunteer with Craster RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has an exciting opportunity for people to join the volunteer lifeboat crew at Craster RNLI.

RNLI/Andrew Cowan

The charity is looking for people to join the existing team in the roles of volunteer inshore lifeboat crew, shore crew and Deputy Launching Authority.

The volunteer roles would be suited to team players who have:

  • Strong communication skills.
  • A good level of general fitness.
  • Ability to learn new skills.
  • Flexibility to be on call for lifeboat ‘shouts’/exercises.

Interested applicants would need to live or work within 15 minutes of the station and be between 17 and 55 years of age for inshore lifeboat crew and 17 and 65 years for shore crew.

Shore crew assist with the safe launch and recovery of the lifeboat on service and exercise.

All lifeboat and shore crew follow the RNLI’s national Competency Based Training Scheme and respond to pagers when there is a request to launch the lifeboats.

Ben Mitchell, RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager, explained: ‘We’re seeking extra people to join our friendly lifeboat team.

‘The RNLI provides comprehensive training to turn ordinary people into lifesavers and by volunteering, people will gain some fantastic experience, knowledge and skills with the charity’s lifeboat station in Craster.

‘Around 95 percent of RNLI people are volunteers and find the experience an extremely rewarding one. It’s a great way to make new friends while helping to save lives at sea.’

For more information and to apply for the volunteer roles, please visit:

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