Support our Lifesavers appeal

Ordinary people are at the heart of the RNLI - with the right training and kit, they can do extraordinary things.

And, by giving a trainee the right equipment, and helping them learn how to save lives at sea, so can you.

We need your help to provide our crews with the training and kit they need to save lives at sea. We’re putting the spotlight on our trainees, so you can read what they get up to, how they are progressing, and why your donations are so important.

Crew training updates – See behind the scenes as real trainee crew members write about their training progress.

Meet our crew – Get to know some of the trainees your donations will turn into lifesavers.

Our volunteer crews are ready to drop everything to save others at the beep of a pager. Many will face unimaginably tough conditions, launching in pitch-black darkness, battling howling winds, squally rain and rough swells.

And with only 1 in 10 volunteers joining the RNLI from a professional maritime occupation, the right training and equipment is incredibly important.

That’s why we give our lifesavers first-class training, equipment, guidance and support.

What our volunteers do is selfless. They go out when everyone else is going home. They put themselves at risk. They deserve our support so that they have the training and equipment they need to do their jobs properly.
Matt Cridland
Training Team Leader

The training

Around the coast, our lifeboat crews train together every week - both at sea and ashore. During their weekly training sessions, they cover everything from search and rescue, navigation and boat-handling to radio communications, first aid and radar training.

Every year, around 1,200 lifeboat crew members train at the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset. The state-of-the-art Sea Survival Centre there gives crew members practical experience in sea safety and survival techniques.

The kit

Our crew members face rough seas, gale force winds, heavy snow and even ice when they head out on a shout. They deserve the best protective kit when putting their lives at risk to save others. 

One set of all-weather lifeboat kit costs an average of £1,598 – and an inshore lifeboat kit costs the RNLI an average of £1,836. Last year, this specialist clothing and personal protective equipment helped our lifeboat crews save 431 lives.

Why we need your help

We need to keep our teams strong and ready for anything. The right training and kit will make sure our crew can save lives, even in the most challenging situations.

It costs £1,569 a year to train a crew member and over £1,500 to provide them with the right kit. A donation from you today would help to pay for the training and equipment our crews need.

Follow their progress
Crew member Sam Burbidge
Crew training updates
Ever wondered how ordinary people become extraordinary crew? See behind the scenes as real trainee crew members post about their training.
Follow their progress
Meet the crew
Porthdinllaen Lifeboat Crew pose on the beach
Meet our crew
We’d like to introduce you to a few of our trainee lifesavers. Some of them will be sharing their training updates over the next few months.
Meet the crew
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RNLI volunteer crews in action on the stormy seas of Trearrdur Bay
Help support our lifesavers

Our crews are prepared to drop everything at a moment’s notice - the least we can do is make sure they receive the best training and kit possible.

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