Volunteer for the RNLI and you'll be part of a lifesaving tradition that hasn't changed since 1824.

Volunteers are the heart of the RNLI and make up 95% of our people. They are ordinary people who do extraordinary things and without them we couldn’t save lives at sea.

And it’s not all about volunteering on our lifeboats or at our stations; there are so many other ways you can give a little (or a lot) of your time to support the RNLI and make a lifesaving difference.

Ordinary people doing extraordinary things

5,600+ volunteer lifeboat crew

3,700+ volunteer shore crew

82 volunteer lifeguards

Around 23,000 volunteer community fundraisers

Thousands more dedicated volunteers who give their time to save lives at sea

Come rain or shine, RNLI fundraising volunteers always have a smile on their face!
How you can volunteer
Find out about the different volunteering roles at the RNLI and how to apply.
Find a role for you
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Volunteering opportunities
Take a look at the current volunteering opportunities and find the one that's right for you.
Volunteering opportunities
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Volunteer Zone
A dedicated area for RNLI volunteers. Get the latest news, resources and more.
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Contact our Volunteering Team
Ready for a fun, rewarding volunteer role? Register your interest and one of our team will be in touch with you shortly.
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Volunteering FAQs
Got a question? Find all you need to know about volunteering for the RNLI.
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