This advice to new entrants should be read in conjunction with the organisation’s constitution, and does in no way replace it.
Loughor Inshore Rescue is an independent inshore lifeboat service, and is a registered charity. The lifeboat raises all its funds through its own effort, and receives no help from the government or from the R.N.L.I. (although we do work with them). The lifeboat is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The Charity is managed by its trustees through a committee; the operational running of the boat is managed by the coxswain. In turn he currently has a station manager and deputies responsible for training, secretarial duties, and finances. Should the coxswain be unavailable, the Station Manager or deputies will take responsibility for operations.
The organisation relies entirely on the good will, dedication and hard work of its members. Team work is also a vital aspect of any organisation, no more than with the lifeboat. As you progress to become a full crew member, your team spirit should develop, at some time your fellow crew members may become dependent upon you, and vice versa.
The organisation is always looking for committed personnel. Although previous knowledge of lifeboats and search and rescue is not required, as training will be given, it is always an advantage. Your most important attributes will be your commitment, willingness and sheer determination to learn.
Each new entrant will undertake a 12 month probationary period to assess his or her suitability. The person will undergo reviews at 3 month intervals with the coxswain or station manager to assess his or her progress, culminating in a final review at the end of the 12 month period. The outcome of this review, together with an informal meeting with the Trustees, will establish the person’s suitability to become a full crew member.
Full crew members also undergo an anuall review. This looks at what they have acheived over the previous year and what they wish to gain in the forthcoming year. These reviews are usually done with the coxswain or station manager.