Boat House Open 2 - 4pm Daily - Free to enter
As a child, I cherished the ideal of becoming a coxswain. Working alongside this team brings me great joy, especially when I see the vast number of members. Those who remain unseen at the start of the race play an integral role in our success. While it demands strenuous effort, the Bembridge crew perseveres with determination. A Shout can range from half an hour to numerous hours, yet the team persistently persist and triumph.
It can be challenging to explain why I respond to emergency calls at 4 am, in the cold, knowing I have work at 9 am. However, I remain committed to being part of a superb team that ensures the safe return of rescued individuals. Our primary goal is not to judge; rather, we find fulfilment in safeguarding the well-being and safety of those we rescue.
I wanted to find something I could do on a voluntary basis to contribute to my local community. I'd never considered the lifeboat as I had no background in the sea or sailing.
The lifeboat operations manager informed me of their open vacancy for "new crew"; initially, I declined, but after a detailed conversation, I saw no grounds to not participate. I have participated in various team sports throughout my life, therefore, joining the lifeboat crew offered a novel and stimulating pursuit, filling the desire for teamwork that had been lacking.
I find great satisfaction in tending to casualties, whilst relishing the opportunities for growth and learning through the training and novel trials provided as an RNLI crew member.
Di has been running the lifeboat shop since 2015, she's been on the rota for even longer, ensuring the shop is open most days of the year (over 1000 volunteer hours) as well as various administrative tasks, Di trains new volunteers for the shop and is on call for any issues that may arise. Di is also part of the station visit team and is involved in water safety education for young people.
Colin has been involved with Bembridge RNLI since 2012. He is a member of the Shore Crew where he has arole of Head Launcher, Winchman and Tooltrak Driver and is qualified in Casualty Care. He also helps out in the shop, assists with station visits and is actively involved in water safety education for adults and young people.
Do come and watch our training launches. Check our 'What's on" page for up-to-date information.
Our shops are run by volunteers and all profits go towards saving lives at sea. Our shop relies on the dedication of our fantastic volunteers.
The Guild carries out various fundraising activities, looks after the station shop, provides "visitor" cover for the Offshore Boathouse and guides for the numerous school and youth group visits each year.
Check out our team and think if you'd like to be a part of it. Full training is given. Lots of positions available. You don't need to go to the sea if you don't want to.
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Knowing the local area is key to being safe.
In Bembridge, we have what's known as the Bembridge ledge.
Always ensure your equipment is in good order. For more information, please contact our Water Safety Officer.
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