What we can do for you

You can count on the RNLI in an emergency. But we can help you avoid getting into trouble in the first place too. Take advantage of our free safety advice.

Safety advice session on motorboat

Advice Onboard

Regardless of your boating experience, when it comes to safety, you’ll want to keep up to date with the latest equipment and procedures. Take advantage of Advice Onboard – free, independent advice from highly trained RNLI volunteers.

We’ll visit you on your boat to give you practical suggestions about how to improve the safety of your boat and its equipment. We’ll work through your boat from stem to stern, giving you all the detail you need. If you have any safety-related questions, we’ll answer those too – anything from anchors to engines. You’ll even get a summary of the main points to take away with you.

Use our booking form to tell us the time and place that best suits you, and one of our Advice Onboard volunteers will be in touch.

Lifejacket clinics

Your lifejacket may save your life one day, but only if you maintain it properly. If your lifejacket is faulty, all you’re wearing is a dead weight.

At our free lifejacket clinics, specially trained RNLI volunteers will show you how to maintain your lifejacket to keep it fully functioning. They'll show you how to check it for wear and tear and do simple maintenance tasks like replacing gas bottles and firing heads. At one of our recent clinics, 80% of participants found faults when checking their lifejackets, and some found serious defects.

Don't wait till you're in trouble to find out your lifejacket is not working properly. Find out where your nearest lifejacket clinic is by registering your interest today.

Safety presentations

Are you part of a watersports club? Looking for advice on safety procedures and equipment for club members? Our safety presentations are delivered by experienced and highly trained RNLI volunteers. They cover everything from man overboard equipment to calling for help. Book a free safety presentation by clicking on the link below.

If you have any questions about any of these services, call our Supporter Experience team on 0300 300 9900.

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