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An RNLI visits volunteer at a Launch a Memory event, with a crowd of people viewing the Anstruther lifeboat in the background.

Visits volunteer resources


Find useful resources to help you in your role as a visits volunteer.

Whether you’re hosting school groups to inspire the next generation of lifesavers or giving guided tours at your local lifeboat station or visitor centre, here are all the resources you’ll need to help you plan and run safe, fun, and engaging visits.

An RNLI visits volunteer talking to a member of the public.

Justin Smith/Hallmark

Visits admin documents

Our visits volunteer admin documents are key for planning and running RNLI visits. A great starting point is the visits handbook, which includes information such as ideas for activities, a checklist of things to do before and during a visit, and safeguarding tips.

You’ll also find a booking form with terms and conditions for visitors, and a tracking form to help you monitor the number of people attending your visit.

A close-up of an RNLI volunteer using a smartphone.

RNLI/Nathan Williams

Online ordering

Get exclusive resources specific to your visits volunteer role and order materials through our self-service system.

Log into MyStore and search for ‘visits volunteer resources’ to find resources to support your visits, such as activity sheets and education materials. If you don’t have access to MyStore, please get in touch with your volunteer manager.

A group of RNLI visits volunteers speaking to members of the public outside the RNLI Sea Survival Centre in Poole.

Justin Smith/Hallmark

Risk assessment support

As a visits volunteer, it’s important to do a risk assessment to keep everyone safe. You must carry out a risk assessment once per year – please contact your community manager to arrange one.

A group of schoolchildren looking at an activity poster about spotting dangers at the beach.

RNLI/Harrison Bates

Youth education resources

If you run visits for local schools and youth organisations, take a look at our youth education resources. Find videos, activity sheets and learning resources to help deliver fun and engaging water safety lessons to children and young people.

Three crew members onboard a D class inshore lifeboat on a clear day.

Tim Hearn

Download the RNLI presentation template

Thinking of creating a presentation for your visit? They’re a great way to share water safety messages, videos, and other interactive content.

To help you get started, we’ve made an RNLI-branded PowerPoint template for you to download.

Newquay Shop Volunteer Carol Hudson smiling, with boats on the water in the background.

RNLI/Nigel Millard

Engagement kit

We want to make sure you have the kit you need to support you in your engagement volunteer role. You will be able to find all the different kit available to our engagement volunteers, the criteria and how to order it. As well as this you will also find further information on our engagement polo shirts.

If you have any questions or would like support with accessing visits volunteer resources, contact your volunteer manager or email the Volunteer Experience Team at [email protected].