How you can volunteer

There are lots of ways to volunteer at the RNLI, from lifeboat crews to press officers, fundraisers to shop volunteers.

Volunteering roles

Group shot of Barmouth RNLI's station volunteers outside the boathouse
Be a lifeboat station volunteer
From the shore to the lifeboat, there are a variety of volunteer roles at our lifeboat stations.
Be a lifeboat station volunteer
Group shot of RNLI lifeguards on a beach in Norfolk with Happisburgh RNLI’s B class Atlantic 75 and D class inshore lifeboats in the background
Be a lifeguard volunteer
Use your skills as a qualified lifeguard or support our lifeguards on the beach.
Be a lifeguard volunteer
RNLI water safety education volunteer giving water safety advice at an event
Be a water safety education volunteer
Help make sure everyone gets to go home safely through education and water safety advice. 
Be a water safety education volunteer
RNLI fundraising volunteers in Edinburgh collecting for Mayday with buckets and smiles galore!
Be a fundraising and events volunteer
Rally support, raise vital funds as part of a local fundraising team!
Be a fundraising and events volunteer
RNLI shop volunteers inside the shop at Beaumaris Lifeboat Station
Be a shop volunteer
Our seaside shops can’t open without people like you.
Be a shop volunteer
RNLI ambassador Gerald Beddard volunteers as an RNLI College Tour Guide and a bosun
Promote the RNLI
Use your passion for the RNLI to promote our lifesaving work and inspire new supporters.
Promote the RNLI
Office support volunteer Samantha Salmond helps out in the RNLI’s People department
Be an office and support volunteer
Use your skills and talent behind the scenes to support our lifesaving service.
Be an office and support volunteer
RNLI heritage volunteers outside the RNLI Grace Darling Museum at Bamburgh, Northumberland
Be a heritage and museum volunteer
Fuel your passion for history and help keep our stories of courage and innovation alive.
Be a heritage and museum volunteer
RNLI relief Mersey class lifeboat, Lifetime Care 12-11, being transported by road to a temporary home
Be a trustee, advisory and council volunteer
Use your experience and expertise to support the running of the charity. 
Be a trustee, advisory and council volunteer
Crew in full kit running down the jetty towards a Severn class lifeboat
Quick ways to volunteer
Fancy volunteering but don’t have the time to commit to a role? We’ve got some quick, easy ways to support our lifesaving service. 
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