Our Crew

The Hayling Island lifeboat crew are all volunteers. The crew are divided into three Watches, Red, White and Blue. A Watch period begins at 07.00 hrs each Tuesday with one week on duty, one week off duty and one week on standby duty in case a crew change is required.

Each Watch has a Senior Helm who will manage the boat crew. A number of the Hayling Island Lifeboat crew  have qualified as both B Class Atlantic 85 and D Class helms. All boat crew follow the RNLI’s national Competence Based Training Scheme.

A Watch Leader  manages  the shore crew who are responsible for driving the tractors that launch the lifeboats, managing the safety of the beach during a launch and refuelling and servicing the boats when they return to the boat house. All shore crew follow the RNLI’s national Competence Based Training Scheme.

The boat and shore crew respond to pagers when there is a request to launch the lifeboats. The decision to launch is made by the Lifeboat Operations Manager or one of the Deputy Launching Authorities depending upon who is on duty. All duty crew are on call 24/7 during their watch period.  In practice, however, as some crew do not work on the Island, any crew member who is available during the working week will respond to the pager. Duty crew who work off the Island must be available from 18.00 to 06.00 Monday to Friday and all weekend.

All crew undergo extensive training including courses on First Aid, VHF radio and Radar operation and a weeks residential training at the RNLI’s College at Poole, Dorset. Training takes place every Wednesday evening and Sunday morning when the lifeboats may be launched on exercises.

The Station is supported by a number of other volunteers who all play a valuable part in the team by organising the fuel supplies, boat and tractor maintenance, administration and technical support.

There is a station committee of senior members of the operations team together with representatives from Chichester Harbour Conservancy, the  Police, HM Coastguard, local sailing clubs and local residents.

Service Numbers 2017

Total Launches: 41
Atlantic 85: 30
D-Class: 21

Services Totals

2015 - 67
2014 -77
2013 - 86
2012 - 77

Tide Times

Tide Times & Heights for Chichester Harbour (Entrance) on Saturday, 23 September 2017
High Tide: 01:50 ( 4.80m )
Low Tide: 07:14 ( 0.70m )
High Tide: 14:14 ( 4.80m )
Low Tide: 19:31 ( 0.90m )

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