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

5,600 volunteer lifeboat crew

3,500 volunteer shore crew

180 volunteer lifeguards

Around 23,000 volunteer community fundraisers

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

How you can volunteer
Find out about the different volunteering roles at the RNLI and how to apply.
Find a role for you
Volunteer Zone
A dedicated area for RNLI volunteers. Get the latest news, resources and more.
Visit the Volunteer Zone
Contact our Volunteering Team
Ready for a fun, rewarding volunteer role? Register your interest and one of our team will be in touch with you shortly.
Get in touch
Volunteering FAQs
Got a question? Find all you need to know about volunteering for the RNLI.
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Quick ways to support us
Fancy volunteering but don’t have the time to commit to a role? We’ve got some quick, easy ways to support our lifesaving service. 
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