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.

Providing first-class training to our crews is vitally important. It’s what turns ordinary people into extraordinary volunteers. That’s why we’re asking for your help, so that when our crews go out on a shout they can do their job properly and get home to their families safely.

To show you how you could help train a lifesaver, we’ll be sharing updates from some of our new recruits. Scroll down and get to know our brilliant trainees - or check out the latest launches to see if there’s been a rescue near you.

About Sam
Sam's story
Sam Burbidge, a self-confessed landlubber is a trainee crew member from Ilfracombe. Taxi driver by day, Sam and his fiancée have two young children (2 years and 9 months old) who keep them both fully occupied when not at work. Or so you’d think.
About Sam
About Alex
Alex's story
Alex Hobbs, a trainee crew member from Howth, is a family man with a community spirit and a thirst for adventure. He's already balancing the demands of a 12 hour-a-day job, with his roles as husband and father to his 4-year-old daughter.
About Alex
About Rachel
Trainee Crew Member, Rachel McHugh, from Lough Ree
Rachel's story
Lifeboat trainee Rachel McHugh from Lough Ree is no stranger to dealing with emergencies. As a former police officer who retrained as a paramedic, answering 999 calls has been part of Rachel’s working day for many years. However, learning the ropes at Lough Ree Lifeboat Station is something entirely new.
About Rachel
About Dean
Dean Izzard from Torbay Lifeboat Station
Dean's story
Painter and decorator Dean Izzard is a trainee crew member at Torbay Lifeboat Station. After childhood visits to his grandparents in Torbay left a lasting impression, Dean decided to move there with his family 5 years ago.
About Dean