Be a community safety volunteer

Help prevent drowning tragedies through education and water safety advice.

RNLI community safety volunteer giving water safety advice at an event

Photo: Nathan Williams

RNLI community safety volunteer giving water safety advice at an event

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 150 people die by accident in UK and Irish waters each year. Half of those who drown never intended to enter the water.

Through our prevention work, we strive to reduce fatalities and incidents in, on and by the water.

Our community safety volunteers are crucial in helping to achieve this aim by providing free education and water safety advice to all who visit the coast, from walkers to commercial fishermen.

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.

What it’s like to be a community safety volunteer

  • RNLI Community Safety Campaigner Andrea Corrie

    Be inspired

    Meet our community safety volunteers
  • Aerial view of a busy beach on a sunny day
    What you’ll need to know
    Our safety advice
  • Skegness lifeboat volunteers training in rough seas in their D class inshore lifeboat, Peterborough Beer Festival lV D-739

    The difference you will make

    How your support helps