Future Leaders in Lifesaving

With great leaders, organisations can develop and thrive without needing ongoing help.

In 2012, a group of 14 participants from 8 countries came to the RNLI College to learn more about running their own lifesaving services. Since then, Future Leaders has grown into a network of like minded people, sharing their experience to save more lives in countries deeply affected by drowning.

How we’re making a difference

The intensive 2-week course develops the leadership and operational skills of tomorrow’s lifesaving leaders:

  • Week 1 - Leadership

    RNLI trainers deliver sessions on leading yourself, leading your teams and leading your organisation.
  • Week 2 - Workshops

    RNLI staff run workshops tailored to the participants’ specific needs, covering everything from advocacy to finance.
2016 Future Leaders participants outside the RNLI College in Poole

Photo: RNLI/Nathan Williams

The Future Leaders class of 2016 at the RNLI College.

Today there are over 100 future leaders from more than 40 organisations worldwide who’ve benefitted from the course. They’re part of a growing online community that continues to connect, learn and share ideas.

2017’s course welcomed 15 aspiring leaders from organisations that we’re already working closely with.

‘We need to be able to stand on our own two feet.

‘I am a lifesaver because the only thing in the world that you can never get back, is a life.

‘The fact we were not prepared [for the Spice Islander ferry disaster] was not good. It opened eyes for some of us. We don’t know how to save people and we don’t have the resources to save people at sea, yet if you want to go anywhere from Zanzibar, you have to get in a boat.

‘I’ve loved this course because we’re a small organisation, and in order to grow we need to learn how to expand, making our organisation better and more sustainable. We need to be able to stand on our own two feet.’

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Future Leaders has received funding from:

  • Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, whose primary objective is to save lives by fighting against drowning. Its missions are to raise public awareness about the dangers of water, teach children preventive measures, and teach them to swim.

Our international vision is of a world in which no-one should drown. Could you help us towards this vision?

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Donate now and power volunteers through the storm

You can help our crews through the Perfect Storm this winter. They’re needed more than ever, and people still get into danger at sea. But we don’t have the funds to give our volunteers everything they need. Donate today – and make a huge difference.