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,  and two weeks on standby. 

All duty crew are on call 24/7 during their watch period.

In practice, however, as  most crew do not work on Hayling Island, these individuals do not respond to  a ‘ working day’ crew page –  However any crew member  from any watch who happens to be  available on Hayling Island during the working day  will respond to the pager- If this acceptable to their employer

Duty crew who work off the Island must be available from 18.00 to 06.00 Monday to Friday and all weekend.

When you are ‘on watch’  you are required to respond immediately  to a crew page by being on Hayling and  able to drive to the Lifeboat station within the requirments of the relevant Road Traffic acts – or you have arranged a duty swap with a ‘standby’ crew member and your watch helm is aware of this arrangement.

When you are on standby  you may choose to respond to a crew page if  it is convenient to you and your family.

The crew meets  on a Wednesday evening  and a Sunday morning – On a Wednesday evening if  you are the ‘on  duty’ crew  you arrive at the lifeboat station   at 18:50  to report to your watch senor helm so that  they know you have arrived and can finalise their training plan for that evening  – the on duty crew  evening  training   may not complete until 21:30-22:00.  If you are ‘standby’  crew you should arrive at 19:00 and would be ‘ free’  to leave  by about 19:30 when any LOM/DLA briefing would be complete. Every 4 weeks on a wednesday  there is an all hands meeting that runs till about 21:00.

On Sunday Morning the on duty crew should arrive at 09:50 to report to their watch senor helm so that  they know you have arrived and can finalise their training plan. The  exercise and ‘wash up’ usually completes at around 12:30.

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 decision to launch is made by the Lifeboat Operations Manager or one of the Deputy Launching Authorities depending upon who is on duty. The request to launch is made by HM Coastguard in response to an incident that has been reported to them. They are the overall co-ordinating authority..

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 Friday, 24 November 2017
High Tide: 02:31 ( 4.30m )
Low Tide: 07:41 ( 1.70m )
High Tide: 14:37 ( 4.20m )
Low Tide: 20:02 ( 1.60m )

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