JOIN OUR CREWWhether afloat or onshore, your interest is welcomed

Hamble Lifeboat was founded more than forty years ago by local residents, fishermen, and boating enthusiasts in response to an increasing number of accidents and fatalities in the Hamble River, Southampton Water and the Solent. In one year alone there were 19 deaths.

Today, the unit is one of approximately 65 Independent Lifeboat stations found around the British Isles and responds to over 100 calls a year; roughly one every 2.5 days. As an independent lifeboat service, unlike the neighbouring RNLI boats, which benefit from a well established national network of fundraisers and full-time office staff, we are responsible for raising all the funds needed to cover our operational costs which are about £25,000 per year. Despite this imbalance of resources, will still work closely alongside our RNLI and Coastguard colleagues and maintain equally professional standards.

Hamble Lifeboat provides pager response, as well as weekend, Bank holiday, and major event patrols.

The unit has two of the UK's most advanced inshore lifeboats, Pacific 32 rigid inflatable lifeboats, which comply with the Maritime Coastguard Agency Lifeboat code and are built to Lloyds A100 specification. Both boats are fully equipped to handle any situation from towing to medical emergencies.

We are currently undertaking a recruitment drive in the Hamble, Netley Abbey and Burseldon areas, to increase our current crew numbers. All crew are volunteers and are required to provide weekend duty on a rota system, (first weekend Saturday, second weekend Sunday, third weekend off), and ideally be able to respond to pager call outs, again worked on rota basis. Crew members do not receive service payments of any kind. It is 100% voluntary.

During British Summer Time, at weekends the duty crew man the station from 0900. The duty boat is thoroughly checked over and cleaned, and equipment checked. From 1300 to 1700 the boat undertakes a patrol of the central Solent and Southampton water. At all times, the crew should be ready to respond immediately to a rescue tasking.

After completion of the patrol, the boat is refuelled and put back on the mooring ready. Assuming the lifeboat is not on a tasking, the station is closed down at 1800 and pager call resumed. During GMT the duty hours are reduced to 1000 to 1700.


  • Minimum age 21
  • Clean Driving License
  • Physically fit, applicants will be expected to undertake a medical
  • Will have to undergo a Criminal Records Bureau check
  • A good knowledge of seamanship
  • Local area knowledge of the Hamble River, Southampton Water, and the Solent
  • First Aid Certificate
  • VHF radio operators License
  • A sense of humour!

Working as a crew member on a lifeboat can be a very challenging but rewarding job. The job comes with serious responsibility and commitment. You can't just decide not to turn in. Lives depend on your presence. We therefore ask you to sit down and seriously discuss joining the lifeboat with your family before applying.

Interested and want to find out more before you apply? Then pay us a visit on a Saturday or Sunday morning at the lifeboat station at the far end of Hamble's foreshore car park between 1000 & 1200. Feel free to talk to the crew, have a look around the boat, and ask any questions. We look forward to meeting you.

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