What we do

With your support, we save lives at sea

We save lives by providing a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service, seasonal lifeguards, water safety education and initiatives, and flood rescue response. 

St Mary’s Severn class lifeboat powering through the waves

Photo: RNLI / Nigel Millard

Our search and rescue service
A group shot of Anstruther lifeboat volunteers with their supporting families and community
Lifeboats and stations
RNLI lifeboat crews protect hundreds of communities around the UK and Ireland.
Our search and rescue service
Lifeguards and beaches
RNLI Lifeguard Richard Evans reaching out to rescue someone on his rescue board
Lifeguards and beaches

Discover what our lifeguards do, how they train, and find your nearest lifeguarded beach.

Lifeguards and beaches
Our prevention work
Children taking part in Swim Safe with the RNLI and Amateur Swimming Association (ASA)
Safety
We help you to stay safe through our water safety advice and initiatives.
Our prevention work
Our flood rescue service
The RNLI Flood Rescue Team during swift water rescue training
Flood rescue
The RNLI Flood Rescue Team respond to emergencies at home and abroad.
Our flood rescue service
Our international work
RNLI trainer helping a local child during Aquatic Survival training in Zanzibar, Africa
International
We share our expertise to help communities most at risk of drowning overseas.
Our international work