Looking to join

Picture the scene.  It’s 02.15am and ‘blowing a hooley’ outside on a freezing winter’s morning and the pager’s gone off scaring the ‘livin bejasus’ out of you. You arrive at the station and are picked as crew and head out to sea in complete darkness. 3m waves rise and fall around you and one icy wave smacks you in the gob to make sure you are fully awake. Strong gale force winds are testing your mettle but a fishing trawler and its crew are in difficulties 18 miles offshore.

Do you think you could volunteer to do this? First of all, don’t panic and say ‘I could never do that’.

You may be amazed at what you actually could do and remember, even of you don’t wish to be boat crew, we still need shore crew to launch and recover the boats.  There may also be other opportunities within the station that you may be able to help with.

Please keep an open mind and read on before making any decisions.

Open to both Male and Female

To become a lifeboat crew member, you need to:

  • be over 17 (with the permission of your parents) or over 18 years old
  • be under 55 years old (inshore lifeboat) or 65 (all weather lifeboat)
  • pass a Medical and Eyesight test
  • be physically fit
  • live and/or work close to a lifeboat station ( if working close to be available for callouts during the working day)
  • pass a probationary period on shore that usually lasts for six months
  • be a team player and be accepted by the rest of the crew
  • enjoy hard physical work
  • commit to regular training

At the moment, Shore Crew don’t need a medical.

Crew members also need good personal skills. This means you need to:

  • get on well with other people
  • communicate easily – that means talking and listening!
  • obey orders when required to

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

What’s in it for you?

The RNLI provides first class training and equipment, guidance and support. For you it’s an opportunity to achieve and to save lives and a chance to be part of our world class rescue service. We can offer you one of the most exciting and fulfilling voluntary jobs available.

Still interested?.. even slightly??

If the thrill of a shout and the teamwork appeal to you, and you think that you have what it takes to be that special kind of person, then email:

admin(at)newcastlelifeboat.info (replace (at) with @  to prevent spam) or call at our Lifeboat station during the normal working day and have a chat with our station mechanic or, if you know any of the lifeboat crew, have a word with them. They will be only too happy to point you in the right direction

You can also call into the station on a Thursday Night from 1900 hrs onwards (7pm). Thursday is our training night and you will get to meet everyone and see what is going on.