Become a volunteer

Volunteer for the RNLI and you’ll be part of a lifesaving tradition that hasn’t changed since 1824.

Volunteers are the heart of the RNLI and make up 95% of our people. They are ordinary people who do extraordinary things and without them we couldn’t save lives at sea.

And it’s not all about volunteering on our lifeboats or at our stations; there are so many other ways you can give a little (or a lot) of your time to support the RNLI and make a lifesaving difference.

Ordinary people doing extraordinary things

4,700 volunteer lifeboat crew

3,000 volunteer shore crew

150 volunteer lifeguards

Around 20,000 volunteer community fundraisers

Thousands more dedicated volunteers who give their time to save lives at sea

Be inspired
A group shot of Anstruther RNLI volunteers with their supporting families and community
Meet our volunteers
RNLI volunteers come from all walks of life and save lives at sea in all kinds of ways.
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Find a role for you
Come rain or shine, RNLI fundraising volunteers always have a smile on their face!
How you can volunteer
Find out about the different volunteering roles at the RNLI and how to apply.
Find a role for you
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RNLI Community Safety Volunteer Bill Walton giving advice at Southampton Boat Show
Volunteering FAQs
Got a question? Find all you need to know about volunteering for the RNLI.
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Get in touch
Close up portrait of Torbay RNLI Crew Member Michelle Fox
Contact our Volunteering Team
Can’t find the answer in our FAQs? Our Volunteering Team is here to help.
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Visit the Volunteer Zone
View from onboard Tenby RNLI’s Tamar class lifeboat, Haydn Miller 16-02
Volunteer Zone
A dedicated area for RNLI volunteers. Get the latest news, resources and more.
Visit the Volunteer Zone