A member of Cowes Station Visits Team

We are looking for volunteers who are out going and comfortable in talking to groups of all ages.

Why does the RNLI need these teams?

The sea and beaches around the UK and Republic of Ireland are being used more and more so we are working hard to keep people safe in and around water. By opening the doors to our lifeboat stations and visiting organisations off site we can immerse people in the work of the RNLI, by delivering key messages, educating them and raising vital funds

If we can communicate just one thing about sea, beach or water safety then we may have saved a life!

Who are the team?

Currently there are 10 team members with an age demographic of 40 years to 80 years.

Majority live locally in Cowes, some in East Cowes and one member travels from Lymington to support us.

All are from a variety of backgrounds. Currently one is a Deputy Launch Authority in this station, 6 are Cowes Guild members some of whom also help in the shop, some members act as guides in the Inshore Lifeboat Centre in East Cowes.

So how does the team operate?

  • Encouraging local schools, youth and adult organisations to visit the lifeboat station or for us to visit them
  • Presenting to young people and adult groups in the lifeboat station or at their location.
  • Communicating with the tourist population to help raise awareness in particular regard to beach and water safety.
  • Ensuring that the RNLI’s core messages are communicated to all groups.
  • Liaising with the operational team in regard to visits to ensure there is no impact on operational matters.

What does the team get from this?

  • Join a motivated and enthusiastic group of individuals.
  • Meet new people within the local community and make new friends.
  • Satisfaction of giving something back.
  • Gain charity sector contacts within a supportive environment.


We are looking for volunteers who are out going and comfortable in talking to groups of all ages.

There is no requirement to have any experience or back ground in water activities.

It is helpful but not essential to have some IT skills to be able to receive emails or WhatsApp messages.


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When can I volunteer?

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Afternoon No No No No No No No
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

We have around 6 station open days during the year normally weekends or bank holidays from 1030hrs to 1430hrs. We have some tours on a booked bases during the year which consist of youth and adult organisations. These may take place day time or evening lasting about 2 hours with the setting up etc. The station is open every day of Cowes week for public tours. The commitment for all the events is what you are able to give, no one is expected to be able to attend every event. We have team social events throughout the year, coffee mornings, meals, and quizzes.


Watch House Lane
Isle of Wight
PO31 7QH

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