How you can volunteer

Our lifesaving service is only possible thanks to thousands of dedicated volunteers who give their time, energy and skills to save lives at sea. From crewing the lifeboats and volunteer lifeguarding, to raising vital funds or awareness, to using your professional skills in our offices, there are many ways you can volunteer for the RNLI.
Come rain or shine, RNLI fundraising volunteers always have a smile on their face!

Photo: RNLI / Nigel Millard

Come rain or shine, RNLI fundraising volunteers always have a smile on their face!

Just an hour or two will make a lifesaving difference. And if a regular commitment is too much, then occasional volunteering could be for you.

Take a look at the different volunteering roles at the RNLI and find the one that’s right for you.

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Group shot of Barmouth RNLI's station volunteers outside the boathouse
Be a lifeboat station volunteer
From the shore to the lifeboat, there are a variety of volunteer roles at our lifeboat stations.
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Group shot of RNLI lifeguards on a beach in Norfolk with Happisburgh RNLI’s B class Atlantic 75 and D class inshore lifeboats in the background
Be a lifeguard volunteer
Use your skills as a qualified lifeguard or support our lifeguards on the beach.
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RNLI community safety volunteer giving water safety advice at an event
Be a community safety volunteer
Help prevent drowning tragedies through education and water safety advice. 
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RNLI youth education volunteer talking to schoolchildren about water safety, ably assisted by Stormy Stan
Be a youth education volunteer
Make a difference to the safety of young people and inspire future RNLI supporters.
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RNLI fundraising volunteers in Edinburgh collecting for Mayday with buckets and smiles galore!
Be a fundraising volunteer
Rally support, raise vital funds and smile, smile, smile as part of a local fundraising group!
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RNLI heritage volunteers outside the RNLI Grace Darling Museum at Bamburgh, Northumberland
Be a heritage volunteer
Fuel your passion for history and help keep our stories of courage and innovation alive.
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RNLI shop volunteers inside the shop at Beaumaris Lifeboat Station
Be a shop volunteer
Provide a friendly, welcoming service selling RNLI souvenirs and gifts. 
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Visitor experience volunteer for The Mumbles RNLI: Lifeboat Visits Officer Sid Wilkins
Be a visitor experience volunteer
Welcome people to our lifeboat stations and give inspiring guided tours.
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RNLI ambassador Gerald Beddard volunteers as an RNLI College Tour Guide and a bosun
Be an RNLI ambassador
Use your passion for the RNLI to promote our work and inspire new supporters.
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Office support volunteer Samantha Salmond helps out in the RNLI’s People department
Be an office support volunteer
Use your skills and talent behind the scenes to support our lifesaving service.
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RNLI Cheering Team volunteers ready to cheer on RNLI runners
Be an occasional volunteer
Street collector. Event marshal. Cheerer. See what you can do with just a few hours to spare.
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RNLI relief Mersey class lifeboat, Lifetime Care 12-11, being transported by road to a temporary home
Be a volunteer trustee
Appointed once a year, the RNLI’s trustees set the charity’s strategic direction.
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