Become a volunteer

What we are looking for:

GAFIRS are looking for people who have the time and commitment to volunteer towards an independent charity which saves lives locally. We are specifically looking for people who would be willing to engage in operational activities such as Coxswain, Lifeboat Crew and Shore Crew. We are not just looking for time commitment, we are looking for those who can work within our team following our shared behaviours and values such as integrity, honesty, tact and communication skills.


For operational roles, we require those who can commit to at least 16 hours a month through combined duties, training and meetings. Although not compulsory, we are recruiting for members who live or work within 10 minutes of the station and can respond to pager activations by HM Coastguard. These requirements are different for those who wish to volunteer in support roles such as fundraising, engineering, educational work or logistical support.


The training phase takes several months and can be very time-consuming. There is an expectation that candidates will commit to attend all of the training course dates they are given.


To provide a safe and effective emergency service, it is important that we are fit and healthy to serve and rescue the public in potential physically and mentally challenging conditions. Although we accept applications from all and can discuss conditions on a case by case basis, we are unlikely to accept anyone who is diagnosed with, or previously has had, any of the conditions described under the “Medical Exclusions’ on the right.


GAFIRS has three levels of membership:


Full Operational Membership

Open to adults (17yrs+) Who are interested in supporting the organisation with its operational commitments and activities.

Cadet Membership

Open to youths (14yrs – 17yrs) who are interest in learning BCU canoe lifeguard skills, RLSS Lifeguarding.

Supporter Membership

Open to anyone not in the above catagories, this generally encompasses those that wish to assist on fundraising events.


How to Join

If you would like to become a member of GAFIRS, please email lifeboat @ gafirs . org . uk to obtain a membership form and Disclosure and Barring Service form both of which must be completed before an application can be accepted.

GAFIRS welcomes membership applications from any interested person. Any skills, even if they may not seem relevant, can always be put to good use. Drop in a for an informal visit and chat about the organisation.



  • be over 17 years old (operational)
  • be over 14 years old (cadet team)
  • able to commit at least 16 hours a month
  • be physically fit to provide emergency service response
  • pass a probationary period of 6 months
  • 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 and respects the ranks of the authority of both GAFIRS and other emergency services

Medical Exclusions:

  • epileptic seizures
  • heart attack
  • significantly raised blood pressure
  • insulin treatment for diabetes
  • stroke
  • Parkinson’s Disease or Multiple Sclerosis
  • alcohol or drug dependency
  • profound deafness
  • double or tunnel vision
  • mobility impairment
  • unable to swim
  • any condition which impairs fitness to navigate a vessel
  • transient or unexplained loss of consciousness

Join the Lifeboat Lotto

It’s a Lotto with a difference. Entry is only £2 a week, hardly the price of a pint, and there are no weekly entries to fill in, just pick 4 numbers between 1 and 31 and fill them on the application form. You only need to do this once as your numbers are then registered in the Lifeboat Lotto computer and are entered into each weekly draw for as long as you pay.


Win up to £5,000

Paying is easy too, no hands in pockets or purses, payment is made by either cheque for £52 which covers 6 months entries or by monthly or quarterly Standing Order. No cash changes hands – Nothing could be easier.

Match 4 numbers and you will win the roll-over jackpot which starts at £500 and increases by £100 a week until a winner is found. If no one matches the numbers drawn, a winner is guaranteed when the jackpot reaches £5000. Match 3 numbers and win a £20.

Winning numbers are published each week on the Lifeboat Lotto website.

GAFIRS Lifeboat Lotto – keeping your Lifeboat afloat.


How To Join

To join the GAFIRS Lifeboat Lotto:

  1. Download an entry form HERE
  2. Send your completed entry form to FREEPOST LIFEBOAT LOTTO (no stamp required)
  3. We will write to you to confirm your entry


No Printer?

If you are unable to print your own entry form, please email us at or phone 0800 009 4357 and we will send you an entry form through the post.