What we do

With your support, we save lives at sea.

Our volunteer lifeboat crews provide a 24-hour rescue service in the UK and Ireland, and our seasonal lifeguards look after people on busy beaches. Our Flood Rescue Team helps those affected by flooding.

RNLI crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives since 1824 but we’re more than a rescue service. We influence, supervise and educate people too. Our Community Safety teams explain the risks and share safety knowledge with anyone going out to sea or to the coast. And our international teams work with like-minded organisations to help tackle drowning in communities at risk all around the world.

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
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
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
RNLI trainer helping a local child during Aquatic Survival training in Zanzibar, Africa
We share our expertise to help communities most at risk of drowning overseas.
Our international work
Children taking part in Swim Safe with the RNLI and Amateur Swimming Association (ASA)
We help you to stay safe through our water safety advice and initiatives.
Our prevention work

Mayday! Help RNLI lifesavers get there in time

Every second counts when someone's in danger at sea. Donate to the Mayday Appeal and you can help lifeboat volunteers get there when they're needed most.