Support our Lifesavers appeal

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

And, by helping a trainee learn how to save lives at sea, so can you.

This spring, we need your help to provide our crews with the training 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 and risk their lives 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, training 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.

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.

Why we need your help

We need to keep our teams strong and ready for anything. The right training 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. 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 possible.

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