Join Our Crew!

Sheerness Lifeboat station is appealing for new volunteers between the ages of 17 and 40, and in particular to people who can provide day cover during the hours of 8am to 6pm.

Even if you live off of the island, but work close to Sheerness Docks and have some ability and freedom to turn out for weekday ‘shouts’, you could be just the person we are looking for.

The station operates both inshore and all-weather Lifeboats and provides rescue cover 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and is one of the busiest in the UK.

We would like to hear from people who are available during weekdays who are curious about our Lifeboats, what we do and if it’s for them. We are always recruiting more volunteers.

Maritime experience is not essential as full training in all aspects of Lifeboat work will be given, all we ask from you is that you show dedication, a common sense approach and be able to work as part of a team, you should be reasonably fit and be able to swim.

You will be expected to have an RNLI medical and eyesight test.

If you are interested you can contact the station at Sheerness on 01795 664868 or contact us by email here

Are you aged between 17 and 40 ?

  • Have you a good standard of medical fitness ?
  • Do you enjoy working as part of a team ?
  • Can you keep a cool head in difficult situations ?
  • Do you have the strength of character and commitment it takes to be a crew member ?
  • Are you looking for an exciting challenge ?
  • Do you live or work locally to Sheerness ?
  • Can you give up at least one evening or a Sunday morning every week for training ?


If you answered yes to these questions, you could be just the person we are looking for, please get in touch

After getting in touch we’ll welcome you to the station to have a look around our station and boats, meet some of crew and from there you should be able to decide whether joining our crew is for you. If it is, you will need to have a medical and eyesight examination and from there we’ll give all the training you need to make you a competent RNLI crew member, whether on the ILB, ALB or both boats.

You must live or work within 3 miles of the station, if you don’t think you are up to the challenge, then you can always become a shore helper and help launch the boats.

Alternatively, the Fundraising branch are always looking for new members to assist them in their fund raising, either by joining the branch or helping out on the odd occasion. These people behind the scenes are the stalwarts of the Institution in raising funds.

The RNLI is supported entirely by voluntary contributions and is a registered charity.

You can find out more about the RNLI on the main website which is here

Contact us to get involved