Could you be a lifesaver? Burnham-on-Sea RNLI seeks new recruits

Lifeboats News Release

The team at RNLI Burnham-on-Sea is calling for new volunteers to help them to save lives at sea.

In particular, the charity is looking for new volunteers to take up various roles including shore crew, prospective inshore lifeboat crew, a lifeboat visits officer, water safety advisor, water safety officer, and as already advertised, a fundraising branch chairperson.

Over the last 18 months, during the various lockdowns and the various covid-19 restrictions, Burnham-on-Sea’s RNLI lifeboat station volunteers were available to launch 24 hours a day, with little or no notice, and when allowed to, participated in their regular training. Due to the exceptional circumstances, we now find ourselves looking for more volunteers.

Summary of Burham-on-Sea lifeboat station vacant volunteer roles:

1. Volunteer visit team

Volunteer visit team members provide members of the public with tours of the state-of-the-art boathouse, teaching visitors about the life-saving work of the Burnham-on-Sea lifeboat crew. Volunteers, who are needed to help with tours on Saturday and Sunday, are vital in helping teach the public more about the work that goes into each and every rescue, the RNLI’s proud heritage and how any donations made all go directly to saving lives at sea.

2. Water safety advisor and water safety officer

The water safety adviser and officer roles are part of a team contributing towards the local Community Lifesaving Plans by going into the community and delivering RNLI water safety advice. Part of this role is to identify local risks and work with partners to deliver targeted interventions. This role for somebody who has good communication and people skills and possibly some experience of public speaking but if not, the desire to gain some skills and/or confidence in this area.

If you would like to join a friendly, dedicated, motivated team and you fit the criteria above or, have some of the required skills, we would like to hear from you.

3. Shore crew

The shore crew role involves assisting with the launch and recovery of the lifeboat(s) on service and exercise, undertaking training, becoming competent and then maintaining competence as necessary to fulfil the role of shore crew, in conjunction with the lifeboat crew and other volunteers.

4. Inshore lifeboat crew

This role will help us save lives at sea by ensuring that our lifeboats are in a state of permanent readiness and crewing the lifeboat on service and exercise, under the command of the helm. The potential time commitment will vary depending on the operational need of the lifeboat station. Willingness to volunteer at weekends and during unsocial hours is part of the role, within the community lifesaving team, with responsibility to the station’s Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM).

5. Branch Chairperson

The RNLI has a network of local fundraising teams organising a wide range of activities and events which last year raised £14 million to save lives at sea. We are currently looking for a branch chairperson to lead the Burnham-On-Sea branch. The role focuses on leading, guiding and motivating group members to deliver vital fundraising activity

Burnham-on-Sea Lifeboat Operations manager Matt Davies said: ‘Volunteering with us gives people the opportunity to make a real difference in their local community, to save lives and become part of the larger RNLI family. We can’t keep people safe without the support of our wonderful volunteers, who truly make a difference every day no matter which role they are fulfilling.

‘Becoming a volunteer is a great chance to play a crucial part in helping to save lives. We’re looking for enthusiastic people with relevant skills – anyone interested in finding out more should either apply on line or drop into our lifeboat station during a Wednesday evening’s training session Ideally, shore and lifeboat crew volunteers would need to live or work within easy access of the lifeboat station (Typically 10 minutes away), at least a major part of the working week.’

‘The RNLI provides first class training and equipment, guidance and support to all volunteers, from volunteer lifeboat crew to shop volunteers and event marshals. Find out more about the opportunities available near you at’


Notes to editors

Links to vacancy responsibilities

Branch Chairperson:

Lifeboat Visits Officer:

Shore Crew:

Inshore Lifeboat Crew:

Water Safety Adviser:

Water Safety Officer:

Lifeboats in service at Burnham-on-Sea:

A 7.5m Atlantic 85 named Doris Day and Brian plus a smaller 4.95m D class IB1 inflatable named Burnham Reach The station was opened officially on 15th May 2004, but has been operational since December 2003.

Note During 2019 the RNLI was facing a ‘perfect storm’, with a reduced income and an increase in demand for its services. During 2020 and 2021, in the midst of a global pandemic, fundraising has been severely reduced by a national lockdown, yet the lifeboats have still been launched 24/7 in their strategy to save lives at sea.

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RNLI media contacts

For more information about this release please telephone Mike Lang, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07889 815860 or email [email protected],

In the absence of the above, contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

Alternatively, telephone Amy Caldwell RNLI Public Relations Manager (South) Tel: 07920 818 807, [email protected].

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 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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