Scarborough RNLI

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Saving lives around Scarborough's seas since 1801

Could you volunteer?

Have you got what it takes to volunteer at our lifeboat station? There are many valuable roles available. By no means are these all sea going crew. Over 95% of our staff are volunteers. Full time staff are only employed where it is necssary to have them. Most ALB (all weather lifeboat) stations have full time mechanics and the larger ones (including Scarborough) have a full time coxswain. This by far the most economical way to ensure our lifeboat station is always at peak readiness for callouts.

Apply to join our volunteer boat crews

boat crew

Although there are some age and health requirements there is no need to have sea going experience. If you fit our criteria of being between 17-65 year old and medically fit you can apply for our prime volunteer role. Full training is given. Go to the RNLI national site for further details or simply contact us at Scarborough Lifeboat Station.

Serve in our volunteer shore crew

shore crew

Don't want to go to sea but still want to help? Why not apply to be part of our shore crew. They are responsible for the safe launch and recovery of our boats whether on exercise or emergency callout. Go to the RNLI national site for further details or simply contact us at Scarborough Lifeboat Station.

Become a volunteer fundraiser


The RNLI depends on legacies and donations from you the public. Could you spare a few hours or more to help raise funds? Maybe your school or youth group is looking for a charity to focus efforts on. fundraising page to see details of our local efforts and to see how you can donate online

Become a volunteer shop assistant

shop volunteer

Could you spare a few hours a week serving in our shop? No experience necessary but you will need to have an outgoing personality in a busy enviroment.

Join our visitor experience team


Good at explaining things to people of all ages? Then this role might be ideal for you. Our visits centre has interactive displays and is disabled friendly. No experience necessary full training will be given.

Become a volunteer RNLI ambassador

community ambassadors

Could you represent the RNLI and talk about our work at yacht clubs, business groups, rotary clubs and other organisations where you might come across potential supporters. Training will be given and there are a wide range of visual and audio support materials available. Go site to see further details

‘We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. ’ Winston Churchill

Volunteer News

Change of role for John

ChangeScarborough RNLI would like to thank John Kitto for his hard work and service with the lifeboat station as a deputy launch authority.
This role demands the person carries a pager and is available at all times when on the rota. He or she is the first contact for the coastguard when they need to launch a lifeboat.
Lifeboat operations manager Andrew Volans said: "John has now reached a certain age, but we won't be losing him from our team, however, as he has volunteered to take on the role of community safety officer. This is a busy role with a lot of face-to-face work with local groups and the public promoting water safety and the campaigns that the RNLI are running such as Respect the Water, Float to Live, beach safety and the dangers of tombstoning.
"Thank you John for your support in the past, especially all those launches in the middle of the night that you had! We look forward to seeing you doing your thing in the new role".
* Scarborough RNLI has welcomed a new deputy launch authority to succeed John. Roger Buxton is a former commodore of Scarborough Yacht Club.

Two longstanding volunteers pass away

Scarborough lifeboat station's flag is at half-mast, after two long-serving volunteers passed away.
Lesley Hopkins and Cassi Pelucci (pictured) joined the team in 2001 when the shop in the old station was relaunched, recalls manager Mike Turner.
Lesley's funeral was at Woodlands crematorium on Thursday, at 10.30am.
Cassi's funeral will be at St Mary's Church on 26 March, at 12.30pm.
Scarborough RNLI sends sympathy and condolences to all Lesley and Cassi's family and friends.

Both lifeboats launch for training exercise

BothScarborough RNLI launched both its lifeboats on exercise last night. The all-weather Shannon and the inshore lifeboat are pictured post-recovery by crew member Erik Woolcott.

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Scarborough is recruiting

ScarboroughHave you time to commit to your local lifeboat station and give something back to the community?
Scarborough RNLI is recruiting crew for the inshore lifeboat, or ILB, and shore crew.
The ILB is the work-horse of the RNLI, with 25 knots of speed and capable of going to sea for up to three hours at maximum speed.
It is used to search the shoreline, work with search-and-rescue helicopters and recover casualties from awkward locations. This vessel is especially good in the shore break. The ILB carries four crew including a helm. All are trained to a high standard in first aid and can administer certain drugs and oxygen.
The land-based roles of shore crew and tractor driver are an integral part of the operational side of the station.
They make sure that the inshore and all-weather lifeboats are launched and recovered safely and swiftly, using the Tool Track for the ILB and the Shannon launch-and-recovery system (SLARS), an articulated tracked vehicle, for the ALB.
The computerised SLARS raises and lowers parts of the carriage during the launch and recovery processes. A UK driving licence is needed.
So if you are under 65 (shore crew) or 55 (ILB), have spare time on your hands, live and work locally and feel up to a challenge, please write a short CV and drop it off at the lifeboat station or email it to

ILB gets strip down

At Scarborough RNLI, crew members get involved with the bi-annual inshore lifeboat strip-down and deep cleaning. The process takes several hours but we have condensed it to a few minutes to show another side of what goes on when Tuesday evening training comes around. Please let us know if there are other areas of training or station life you would like to find out more about.
Remember it's Love Your Lifeboat Day tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am to 4pm. Come and have a VIP tour of the station and lifeboats for a small donation.

Swimsafe Bridlington

Paul Atkinson for the photo

SwimsafeFantastic day at Bridlington Swimsafe we have had 114 children through the programme Plenty of spaces available, if your child is aged 7-14years and can swim 25 metres. Its free and its fun

Paul Atkinson for the photo

Four volunteer crew pass out

FourFour members of Scarborough RNLI crew have passed out after completing their respective training programmes: Wave Crookes as a Shannon all-weather lifeboat coxswain, Matt Jones as an inshore lifeboat helm and Tabz Nixon and Frank Wright as Shannon launch-and-recovery system drivers. left to right, Wave Crookes, Matt Jones, Tabz Nixon and Frank Wright.

Volunteers swim safe work recognised

VolunteersRNLI volunteers and staff have been recognised for their contribution to making the charity's Swim Safe programme in 2018 the most successful to date.
Simon Loveland (pictured), a volunteer at Scarborough lifeboat station, won the award for volunteer of the year for his contribution at Scarborough and Bridlington, helping beat their targets for 2018.

Love Your Lifeboat

Events Team

LoveScarborough Lifeboat Station's Events Team would like to invite you to their first event of 2019.
On Saturday, 16th February, starting at 10am and having the theme of St Valentine's Day, this event is "Love Your Lifeboat"
VIP tours of the lifeboats and station will be available, subject to operational requirements.
There will be hot and cold drinks available as well as games for the children.

Events Team