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RNLI Great Yarmouth and Gorleston crew achievement

Lifeboats News Release

Great Yarmouth and Gorleston RNLI volunteer crew member, Jason Edmonds recently passed his assessment to become a fully qualified Coxswain.


Library photo of Jason Edmonds

Becoming a Coxswain for the RNLI can normally take an experienced crew member a minimum of five years in order to become a fully qualified Coxswain.

Only crew members specifically recommended by the station’s Chief Coxswain can train to become a fully qualified Coxswain. Once accepted, the crew member must complete various plans in order to build up to Coxswain status including but not limited to: Search and Rescue plans, Boat handling, Emergency drills on both ALB and ILB, Elements of instructing, Advanced Navigation and IRPCS and People Management (Leadership).

Crew member, Jason Edmonds passed his final test to become a Deputy Coxswain after four years which delayed his progress by at least two years due to the COVID pandemic. Jason kept up the hard work and passed his final examination onboard ALB (all-weather lifeboat) Samarbeta.

Jason, who is already a qualified Helm for both the ALB and ILB (inshore lifeboat) stated that completing Helms plans and Navigation plans all contributed towards aiding him into passing his Coxswains plan.

Jason has volunteered at Great Yarmouth and Gorleston lifeboat for 15 years, first joining the station in 2007. He is married to Michelle and has two boys, Austin and Eddi.

Paddy, Chief Coxswain said: ‘Jason has been an exemplary crew member for a number of years and was selected to become a Coxswain due to his commitment and leadership skills and it is great to have him serve with us as a Coxswain for Great Yarmouth and Gorleston lifeboat.’


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