A couple of mates in the RNLI made the point today that all the local lifeboat stations (both RNLI and independent) are short of people available during working hours and on the face of it I'd be a pretty useful person because, well, I am available at those times.
My employer would be happy to give me time off for shouts. I've done some exercises with them purely for fun so my face would fit IYSWIM.
Sounds perfect, but there is, of course, a big catch. I don't have time for (and I'm not interested in) a lot of weekend training, and weekend fundraising which I suspect are part and parcel of the role. I'm not looking for a new hobby but if I can help out at their problem times for a minimum of my own time investment, that's great.
I don't want to ask anyone I know what would be required because I don't really think it'll work out so figured I'd try to do some research of my own. However the RNLI web site doesn't appear to give info on the time requirements of crew.
So time to turn to the FOAK. What's the minimum start up and ongoing training commitment for crew of inshore/all weather life boats (both independent and RNLI)? Anyone know?