Crew & Training


We train cohorts of Atlantic Pacific Crew to operate lifeboats, preparing them to assist in humanitarian crises worldwide. We have built a pool of volunteer crew who have the training and skills for rapid deployment. Our crew are already in high demand, having placed them with other rescue agencies in Greece and the Central Mediterranean.



Image (c): Don Chambers

Sea-based Training

Our sea-based training is run by a team of instructors that all have RYA instructor licences and more importantly; Search & Rescue experience. During our training courses, we introduce techniques of rescue and then assess the readiness of our students through realistic scenarios and a series of examinations. Our training is intensive and follows a rigorous standard of practice, ensuring our crew are well equipped to work in the field.


Our summer school training base is located on one of the most unpredictable pieces of water in the world; The Bristol Channel and our crew learn to work in difficult situations. We have all year round training courses in our newest training facility at Royal Docks in East London.


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Casualty Care

Our Casualty Care course was designed by Saviour Medical, an industry leader in first aid training and is related directly to the activities that we train in Search & Rescue at sea. We use a detailed check card system that provides our crew with a comprehensive mechanism to deal with people in need. Our Casualty Care Kit was designed in accordance with our check cards and we train our crew how to use everything that is contained with in our medical kit bags. We have our own medical team including a Doctor as our medical director, who oversees the implementation of our training and the development of our course for the future.


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Psychological First Aid

As part of our intensive training programmes we offer an introduction to psychological first aid (PFA) which helps participants prepare for their own experiences in emergency rescue and crisis response. As part of this introduction we also orientate participants to offer PFA to people following a serious crisis event. We discuss PFA as the humane, supportive and practical assistance for people who are distress, whilst considering and respecting their dignity, culture and abilities.


Image (c): Laura Lewis

International Training

Though our training programmes are based at UWC Atlantic College Wales, we also deliver intensive training courses abroad, to local communities, such as Kamaishi in northern Japan, where our first Lifeboat in a Box is located. We welcome people from all over the world to our training courses and can also send experienced instructors internationally to train larger groups of people. Our aim is to become the primary supplier of volunteer rescue crew to global humanitarian crises.


Image (c): Laura Lewis

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