Community Life Saving

Eastbourne RNLI Respect the Water and Sea Safety

Every year our voluntary lifeboat crews respond to 8,000 or so incidents, many of which could have been prevented with simple safety precautions. Over half of these launches are to leisure craft. We believe that more lives can be saved, with fewer lifeboat rescues needed, if leisure craft users are more safety conscious.

Sea Safety: The complete guide aims to help you enjoy your time at sea safely so that you don’t become one of our statistics. To obtain one of the Sea Safety complete guide booklets with an interactive CD-ROM, telephone 0800 328 0600.

For individual and confidential sea safety advice on a one to one basis aboard your own vessel – now known as the Advice on Board Scheme contact the Eastbourne Sea Safety Officer on 07860362367 or use the contact facility on the home page of this web site.

In the meantime please click here to view and/or download the latest edition and please contact us with our secure form so one of the Eastbourne Lifeboat Sea Safety Team can talk you through Sea Safety or even assess your sea craft.

Or visit the official RNLI website here for the latest initiatives


The Eastbourne Lifeboat Sea Safety Team

Eastbourne’s RNLI lifeboat Sea Safety Officer & sea safety team leader. Ex Lifeboat crew member with over 15 years experience on both the RNLI all-weather and inshore lifeboats, qualified RNLI sea safety adviser and an approved RNLI flare demonstrator.

The Role of the LSSO is to promote the aims of the RNLI in saving lives by changing the attitudes and behavior of leisure boat owners, and to promote the RNLI as being the leading provider of sea safety information. This is done in several ways: one is by an individual one to one talk by a qualified sea safety adviser with the boat owner about their equipment on board and the use of the same, this is called safety advice on board, another is by giving presentations to all types of clubs and associations connected to the leisure boating industry on the use and servicing of  life jackets, the use and types of flares available to the leisure boat owner and also general sea safety talks covering all aspects of sea safety. 

RNLI qualified sea safety adviser, Deputy Launch Authority and life jacket service instructor. Offshore Yacht Master with many thousands of sea miles experience including Bay of Biscay and Atlantic crossings. Has a vast sailing experience over many years including an Atlantic crossing. Works as a  training & safety officer for rescue rib’s on oil & gas explorations around the world.

RNLI qualified sea safety adviser, Deputy Launch Authority and Lifeboat Press Officer. Commercially endorsed offshore Yacht Master with many thousands of sea miles experience including Bay of Biscay and Atlantic crossings. Skippers his own 10 metre sailing yacht based in Sovereign Harbour.  

An RNLI trained qualified sea safety adviser. Vice Chairman of the Sovereign Harbour Bertholders Association in this role he co-ordinates various sea safety training and initiatives for the bertholder members. 

An RNLI trained qualified sea safety adviser. Crew member/mechanic on the Eastbourne Lifeboat. Offshore yachtmaster, cruising instructor in both power and sail with vast experience. Owns and skippers his own yacht in Sovereign Harbour.

An enthusiastic sea angler and active RNLI supporter. Has joined the sea safety team to help with the sea safety roadshow and various other RNLI sea safety and fund raising events.

Full time Coxswain of Eastbourne lifeboats. Adviser to the sea safety team and conducts sea safety and training events for local bertholders. 

New member of the team

New member of the team

New member of the team

Successful Lifejacket Clinc

The lifejacket clinic held on Saturday by the RNLI Community Safety Team was a huge success   We did check 39 jackets of which many had the usual minor faults of no crutch straps, no spray hoods or had expired dated accessories, but 3 were condemned as completely...

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Radio training for Eastbourne boaters

As part of the RNLI’s community lifesaving initiative a basic VHF radio training session was held on Saturday for Sovereign Harbour berth holders Organised by the Sovereign Harbour Bertholders Association and presented by lifeboat Coxswain Mark Sawyer and volunteer...

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Alert for Eastbourne lifeboat

We were put on alert last night when a yacht reported to Dover Coastguard at approximately 6pm that they had engine problems whilst leaving Fecamp in Northern France bound for Eastbourne. When HM Coastguard were unable to make contact with the vessel overnight they...

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Upcoming Events

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10:00 St Francis Hospital, Zambia @ Langham Hotel
St Francis Hospital, Zambia @ Langham Hotel
Feb 8 @ 10:00 – 12:00
    Description Dr Jane Mercer will be speaking about her stay in a mission hospital and adventures in Zambia. This is a Members’ Meeting but all are welcome.  Tea and coffee are available from[...]
10:00 The Annual General Meeting and C... @ Langham Hotel
The Annual General Meeting and C... @ Langham Hotel
Mar 8 @ 10:00 – 12:00
The Eastbourne RNLI Branch will hold their Annual General Meeting with the election / re-election of the fundraising committee.  This will be followed by the Coxswain’s report on the past years Lifeboat activity – always[...]

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On Saturday 12th January the Wheatsheaf in Willingdon was the host for The Long Man Morris Men Wassail. During the evening the Bagman for The Long Man Morris Men presented a cheque to Eastbourne Lifeboats for a fantastic £775 being the culmination of the collections from last year's Wassail and all of their collections from performances during December 2018. Pictured is Martin Fellows-Poole the Bagman presenting the cheque to our Lifeboat Coxswain Mark Sawyer and treasurer Keith Stevens.
The Long Man Morris Men have been making donations to Eastbourne RNLI for many years it is very much appreciated and we thank them for their continued support.

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Pictured here is Paula Huelin and volunteer crew member Dave Needham. Paula popped along to the boathouse recently and presented Dave with £100 that she has raised by selling cards she has made using the fantastic photos that she has taken.
Thank you Paula from us all at Eastbourne RNLI.

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Many thanks to The Long Man Morris Men for this amazing donation it really means alot to us that they choose us as one of their charities.It was our huge pleasure last night to present a cheque to the Cockswain and Treasurer of the RNLI Eastbourne at our Wassail.

Thanks to YOUR generosity over the past few months we have collected a huge £775 - our biggest donation yet to the crew of our wonderful lifeboats.

Eastbourne Lifeboats had their highest call-outs in 2018 with 176. We will continue to support them in every way we can and hope you'll help us do just that in 2019.

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Thank you to Harry Sanders age 10 for sending us this fantastic picture he drew for us of Diamond Jubilee. 🤗 ...

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