Lifesavers worldwide can download free guides to help develop their own services.

Since 2012, the RNLI has been working with partners in low-resource areas, helping them to set up rescue and prevention services. Together we’ve tested and developed a series of free, open-source materials to help others do the same.

If you have any feedback or questions about how to use these guides safely and effectively in your own organisation, please email us at

  • Lifeguard Service guide cover
    Download - PDF 3.7MB
    Beach Lifeguard Service Implementation
  • Flood Rescue Service guide cover
    Download - PDF 4.8MB
    Flood Rescue Service Implementation
  • Search and Rescue Service guide cover
    Download - PDF 5.1MB
    Maritime Search and Rescue Service Implementation
  • Community First Aid manual cover
    Download - PDF 3MB
    Community First Aid