Be a community safety volunteer
Help prevent drowning tragedies through education and water safety advice.
Every year our lifeboat crews and lifeguards save the lives of hundreds of people and rescue thousands more. But the stark reality is, we can’t save everyone.
Around 190 people die in British and Irish waters each year. Around half of those people didn’t even intend to get wet.
Through our prevention work, we strive to reduce fatalities and incidents in, on and by the water. And it’s our aim to halve coastal drowning in the UK and Ireland by 2024.
Types of community safety volunteering roles
Volunteer community safety officer
Be involved in the design and implementation of our Community Lifesaving Plans. Each plan identifies the most popular water activities within a community so that relevant water safety advice can be given to those most at risk. As such, this is an ideal volunteer role for someone with an understanding of marine-based and waterside activity in the local area.
Community safety officers lead and help coordinate the community safety advisers.
Community safety adviser
Use your good communication and people skills to deliver RNLI water safety advice to members of the community. A knowledge of local water activities is desirable but by no means a requirement to be considered for this role.
If you have any questions about volunteering for the RNLI, visit our FAQs page.
If you can't find a relevant role, contact our Volunteering Team to see if there are any other community safety volunteering opportunities in your area.