Volunteers are the heart of the RNLI and make up the vast majority 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.
How you can volunteer
There are so many ways you can volunteer. From joining the crews at lifeboat stations and helping to run the RNLI shops, to becoming a water safety volunteer or joining a fundraising group. The RNLI relies on people like you dedicating their time and energy to saving lives at sea.
Take a look at our latest volunteer opportunities to see where your time and energy can help the RNLI. From roles at lifeboat stations to fundraising groups in need of extra support, there’s a need for your skills, experience and passion to help the RNLI.
5,700+ volunteer lifeboat crew
4,000+ volunteer shore crew
119 Volunteer lifeguards
23,000+ volunteer community fundraisers
Looking for support with your volunteering? The volunteer zone has everything you need to help you make the most of your time with the RNLI. You’ll find useful resources and guides, wellbeing support and the latest volunteer news.
I’ve never regretted one day volunteering for the RNLI - and I really believe that people can make a difference.