Lifeboat Crew

This is the main role within the team.

Duties will include:

  • Ensuring the boats are ready for launch with the shore crew

  • Maintaining equipment

  • Navigation 

  • Radio operations 

  • First aid 

  • Seamanship

We are operational weekends and bank holidays from Easter to September but crew training takes place at least once a fortnight year round with additional training scheduled where needed.


No Previous experience is needed as full training will be given  

  • Our crew members need to:

  • Be over 18 years old

  • Be physically fit

  • Complete a health assessment including eyesight to ensure they meet the health standards set for the role

  • Pass a probationary period

  • Be a team player 

  • Enjoy hard physical work

  • Get on well with other people

  • Communicate easily

  • Obey orders when required to.


To apply click here

Being part of a lifeboat crew is a major commitment, which could include risking your life. Your commitment isn't only measured in the time spent involved in rescues. Increasingly, new equipment means that regular training programmes also account for much of your spare time. You may also be asked to help with local fundraising.


We rely heavily on donations offered by the generosity and goodwill of others. We are fully independent and separate to the RNLI and 100% of your donations will go to keeping Solent Rescue operating to the highest possible standards. 

If you are able to help in any small way please use the form to get in touch or email

Our Press officer can be contacted using or by calling 07494124795

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Registered Address 9 Sycamore Way, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 4RX

Operating Address  Via Lepe Country Park, Exbury, Hampshire, SO45 1AD