Join Hoylake lifeboat crew

Hoylake Lifeboat Station is currently seeking volunteer crew, particularly those with daytime availability who live in Hoylake or Meols.

There is no such thing as a typical lifeboat volunteer. The men and women who make up the Hoylake Lifeboat Crew come from a wide range of backgrounds and professions. Although the Hoylake Lifeboat used to be manned by fishermen from the local community, increasingly fewer crew come from nautical backgrounds today.

Being part of the Hoylake Lifeboat Crew is a major commitment, which might include going out to sea in hurricane force winds at any hour, day or night, and potentially risking your life to save others. As lifeboat crew, your commitment isn't only measured in the time spent involved in rescues. With new equipment and a faster, more technologically advanced boat, regular training is also likely to take up much of your spare time - Hoylake Lifeboat goes out on exercise at least every fortnight and shore-based training takes place in alternate weeks. You may also be asked to help with local fundraising occasionally.

Volunteer crew members also need to:

  • Be over 17 (with the permission of your parents) or over 18 years old
  • Be under 55 years old
  • Pass a medical and eyesight test
  • Be physically fit
  • Live and/or work close to Hoylake Lifeboat Station
  • Pass a probationary period that usually lasts for one year
  • Be a team player and be accepted by the rest of the crew
  • Enjoy hard physical work
  • Get on well with other people
  • Communicate easily
  • Obey orders when required

However, if you think you meet all of the above criteria and you're still interested in joining us, read on...

What's in it for you?

The RNLI provides first-class training and equipment, guidance and support. Volunteering with the Hoylake Lifeboat offers you the opportunity to make a difference in your local community, to save lives and be part of the larger RNLI family. We can offer you one of the most exciting and fulfilling volunteer roles available.

Still interested?

If the thrill of a going on a shout and being part of a close-knit team appeal to you and you have the spare time required to make a commitment, then please get in touch with us via the Contact Us page, by phone on 0151 632 2103, or by coming down to the station and speaking to the Coxswain or the Lifeboat Operations Manager.