Inshore lifeboat at sea

Become a member

Welcome onboard! As an RNLI member, you'll join a force for good, keeping our seas safe and our lifesavers protected. Are you ready?

Choose your RNLI membership


From only £3 per month
Just £36 per year
From €3.50 per month
From €42 per year
Quarterly Lifeboat magazine
Membership card
Welcome pack
Join the crew now


From only £5.50 per month
As little as £66 per year
From €6 per month
From €72 per year
Quarterly Lifeboat magazine
Membership card
Welcome pack
Join the crew now

Help continue our story of kindness

Since the very beginning, the RNLI has relied on support from people like you to help save every one we can. Now, in our 200th year, that support has never been more vital. When you join our crew, you’ll help provide courageous lifesavers with everything they require to go to the rescue of people in desperate need of help.

By becoming a member, you will become a part of our story of kindness. Will you help us write the next chapter?

Top down view of the complete printed membership welcome pack.

RNLI/Andrew Perryman

Closer to your crew

When you become a member of our lifesaving family, you’ll be joining a force for good. Your support will help fund everything our lifesavers need to save lives at sea. That includes the vital crew kit, training and operational support that turns courageous volunteers into skilled lifesavers. You’ll also be supporting RNLI lifeguards, water safety volunteers and our international team tackling the global drowning problem.

Becoming a member also gets you closer to the crew, with a host of exclusive benefits. Your handbook will help you get the most out of your membership, with things you can see and do to get involved near you. And your quarterly Lifeboat magazine is packed with true tales of courage and behind-the-scenes stories from the RNLI.

Frequently asked questions

Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about RNLI membership. See our full membership FAQs.

You will receive a new welcome pack shortly after you join. It contains our new RNLI handbook, RNLI postcards, a copy of Lifeboat Magazine, a welcome letter and membership card.

Memberships last for 12 months and whether it automatically renews depends on how you pay. If you pay by monthly direct debit it would renew automatically, if you made a one off payment you receive a renewal invitation letter prior to your membership year ending.

If you wish to upgrade your membership level you can contact our Supporter Experience team on 0300 300 9909 (from the UK), 01 511 9836 (from Ireland) and +44 1202 663234 (from any other country).

Yes. You can boost your membership fee by 25p for every £1 you donate.

To be eligible to sign up for Gift Aid you must be a UK taxpayer and understand that if you pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all your donations in that tax year, it is your responsibility to pay any difference.

All we need from you is a single Gift Aid declaration, which will not only cover your future donations but also donations you have made for the past 4 years. To make your declaration, you can either:

  • Call our Supporter Experience Team on 0300 300 9990 (from the UK)
  • Download the RNLI Gift Aid donation form (PDF 574KB), complete it and send it back to: Gift Aid, RNLI, FREEPOST, BH173, West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1HZ.

Please remember to inform us if you have changed your name and address, or no longer pay sufficient tax on your income and/or capital gains tax, either by completing our online enquiry form or calling us on 0300 300 9990. Our Supporter Experience Team is available Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm, and will be happy to answer any of your queries or provide assistance.

To renew your RNLI membership, simply call us on 0300 300 9909 (from the UK), 01 511 9836 (from Ireland) and +44 1202 663234 (from any other country) and we will be more than happy to do this for you. Our Supporter Experience Team are available Monday–Friday between 8am and 6pm.

You can make payment by debit or credit card or can set up a Direct Debit, so you will need these details available when you call.