Lough Derg RNLI Volunteer Crew members heading to Lifeboat College

Lough Derg RNLI Volunteer Crew members Ben Ronayne and David Moore are off to the Lifeboat College, Poole in Dorset, this Sunday for a week Crew Training.  


We wish them every success, those of us who have been to the college, know that it will be one of the most positive, energetic and phenomenal weeks of their RNLI career.


The RNLI relies entirely on public donations and legacies to finance its operations.  Thanks to your generous contributions, the RNLI can provide us with the best training and kit available.

‘On average, 22 people a day were rescued by our lifeboat crew members last year. Our lifeboats launched 8,905 times and rescued 7,976 people. Our lifeguards attended 15,625 incidents and went to the aid of 17,671 people. We’ll never know how many more tragedies they prevented through warnings and advice.

Those lifeboat and lifeguard rescues took place all around the UK and Ireland. This year, our lifesavers have already gone to the rescue thousands of times and will be called upon next year too. Your support will help ensure they are ready.’


Training at RNLI College


‘RNLI College is the home of crew training in the RNLI. Operational, staff and volunteer development training are carried out side-by-side using well-equipped training rooms, a resources centre and an integrated survival centre, which includes live-engine workshops, a wave tank, fire simulator and lifeboat bridge simulator.

Training and development activities include taught workshops and courses, learner-centred activities and distance-learning materials including online learning opportunities, to support competence-based training.

Approximately 4,000 lifeboat crew and lifeguards pass through the college annually to participate in one or more of nearly 40 different courses currently on offer.


Several lifeboat courses are conducted afloat in bespoke training boats or in a purpose-built mission simulator. The survival centre hosts the Trainee Crew courses where, in the wave pool, complete darkness, thunder, lightning, and helicopter recovery can all be simulated to very real effect. The pool also hosts the capsize training element of the course.

The Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust (The LRET) has generously stepped in to fund the sea survival element of the new Trainee Crew course for 5 years, from January 2011–December 2015. This amounts to support of almost £1M.

The survival centre also houses the live engineering workshop, which has six working lifeboat engines that students can dismantle and rebuild.’

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