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a:The Boathouse, Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight, PO40 9RA

Challenge yourself and save lives as a Lifeboat Crew Volunteer

Our crew is drawn from the local Freshwater area and from all walks of life. Some of us have come from a background on the sea and others from more land based environments. There are approximately 20 people on the crew. Some of us prefer to be involved only with launching and recovering the boats, whilst others will also crew the boats at sea under the direction of the coxswain or helms. We currently have 2 coxswains and 2 additional helms taking the responsibility for directing rescues at sea. In addition some of the crew are also designated crew and helm on the D class. It takes at least 3 people to launch the boat and 4 people to crew her.

How to get involved
We provide all necessary training and equipment for volunteers to become crew members. This provides an excellent opportunity for learning development, as well as continuing the life saving tradition. We offer an opportunity to begin one of the most rewarding Search and Rescue voluntary roles in the world. To become a crew member you need to: be over 18 and under 45 years old be physically fit live and/or work within the Freshwater area. You also need to be a team player who will be accepted by the crew communicate, well with others, listen and carry out instructions, be enthusiastic, and reliable for training, and fundraising events. If you are willing to learn new skill and challenge yourself, then come down to the boathouse on a Wednesday night 7 - 8pm or Sunday morning 10-11 am.

If you would like to become a crew member email the boathouse on Or ring and leave a message on 01983 755090. We will get back to you.

If you're selected as a Lifeboat Crew Volunteer, you'll be given training over a 12-month probationary period. It will include:

- Search and rescue skills
- Basic first aid
- Casualty and stretcher handling
- STCW survival techniques
- Powerboat Level 2