Volunteer Crew Member- Inshore Lifeboat- Minehead
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. We provide, on call, a 24 hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland, and a seasonal lifeguard service. With our lifeboats, lifeguards, safety messages and flood rescue we are committed to saving more lives.
The RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat Station in Minehead is looking for volunteers to join the existing team in the role of Shore Crew with a view to progressing to Lifeboat Crew.
Since 1901 the lifeboat crews and lifeboats of Minehead Lifeboat Station have covered a stretch of the Bristol Channel from Lynmouth to Hinkley Point, where sailing, kayaking, kite-surfing and other water sports are among the main attractions. The Lifeboat Crew are all volunteers, headed up by the Lifeboat Operations Manager and Deputy Launching Authorities and supported by a Shore Crew team. All boat and shore crew follow the RNLI’s national Competency Based Training Scheme and respond to pagers when there is a request to launch the lifeboats. The wider team includes volunteer fundraisers and shop volunteers.
The role of ILB Crew is to undertake and maintain Competency Based Training as necessary to fulfil the role of crew member, to be on call for lifeboat ‘shouts’, to attend exercises and to contribute to the overall upkeep of the station, lifeboats and equipment. New recruits are normally invited to take up the role of Shore Crew initially, which involves assisting with the launch and recovery of the lifeboats on service, before progressing to Lifeboat Crew training.
This is a good opportunity to join a motivated and enthusiastic local team and have the satisfaction of contributing to saving lives at sea.
If you are a team player with good general fitness and the ability to learn new skills this could be the role for you. No previous maritime experience needed. You must live or work within a 3 mile radius of the station and be between 17 and 45 years of age.