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Skegness RNLI celebrates training achievements of dedicated crew

Lifeboats News Release

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) in Skegness is proud to announce the successful completion of various training milestones by its volunteer crew members.


Jaiden and Alex at the RNLI College in Poole

Alex Collins has achieved the significant accomplishment of completing his Shore Crew plan, encompassing 26 different competencies across the launch and recovery of both the all-weather and inshore lifeboats. His efforts have now paved the way for him to advance as trainee crew on both lifeboats at the station.

Similarly, volunteer crew member Lyz Thein has demonstrated exceptional dedication by successfully completing her inshore lifeboat plan. This comprehensive training plan required Lyz to master and be assessed on 48 different competencies spanning crucial areas like navigation, machinery, boat handling, and search and rescue operations.

Ellie Mae Barnfield also deserves commendation, having finalised numerous modules on her training plan for the inshore lifeboat (ILB).

Adding to the list of achievements, Jaiden Elson and Alex Collins recently completed their Crew Emergency Procedures course at the RNLI College in Poole, a critical course for those aspiring to become crew on both the inshore and all-weather lifeboats.

Ryan Speed, Lifeboat Training Coordinator at Skegness RNLI, expressed his admiration, stating: 'The level of commitment and dedication shown by our volunteers is truly extraordinary. Seeing them complete their training plans with such enthusiasm and determination is a testament to their dedication for saving lives at sea.'

Sharing her joy on completing the demanding training plan, Lyz Thein, Volunteer Lifeboat Crew, commented: 'Achieving this milestone is indeed special, but it wouldn't have been possible without the unwavering support of our on-station and external assessors, the knowledgeable Helms, and of course, our Lifeboat Training Coordinator. Their guidance and encouragement have been invaluable throughout my training journey.'

The commitment to continual training and development is the backbone of RNLI Skegness's ability to deliver a world-class search and rescue service. The dedication and drive demonstrated by these volunteers underline the remarkable spirit of those who keep our waters safe.

Notes to editors

  • The RNLI is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
  • Skegness RNLI is based on Tower Esplanade, Skegness. The lifeboat station was founded in 1825 and the volunteer crew use an inshore D class lifeboat The Holland Family and as well as an all-weather Shannon class lifeboat the Joel and April Grunnill.
RNLI media contacts
For further information, please contact:
Brad Johnson, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Skegness at: [email protected]
RNLI Press Office: 01202 336789 or [email protected]


Lyz Thein, RNLI Skegness Crew


Ellie Mae Barnfield, RNLI Skegness Crew

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