Our Lifeboat crew and team at Sheerness are all volunteers except for Robin Castle MBE who is the full time Coxswain/Mechanic.
Generally the station has between 25-30 voluntary crew at any one time between both boats who are all on pager 24/7, 365 days of the year. Our crew come from varied backgrounds and have vastly different day jobs, some working away in London while others in local shops and businesses.
In order to launch a Lifeboat the Coastguard request a tasking to our Launching Authority which is overseen by our Lifeboat Operations Manager, Nigel Budden. It is the responsibility of Nigel and our Deputy Launch Authority members to page the crew and launch the boats. At that time crew are paged and muster at the station to go to sea and perform the tasking.
In order to be operational crew, each member undertakes extensive training and has the potential to learn and develop sea-going skills whether they are experienced seafarers or not. In fact it is most common for our crew not to not have a history at sea before joining the crew as is the extent of the training given by fellow crew and that of the RNLI in Poole.
If you are interested to join our crew and want to know more, you can get in touch with us and discuss it. We are always looking for new volunteers, please see here to contact us
Sheerness Lifeboat Station Team