Water Safety Advisor - Ashford

Water Safety Advisor - Ashford

Volunteer area
South East
Volunteer role type images
Volunteer location
Ashford, Kent
Latitude and longitude (Vol locations)
51.1464226, 0.8694153
Time commitment
Entirely flexible
Lifesaving Operations
Responsible to
Water Safety Education Manager
Safeguarding level
2: Awareness and understanding of safeguarding policy required and online safeguarding training module required to be completed upon commencement of role.
Closing Date
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About us

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea, but it’s not limited to launching a lifeboat or providing lifeguards to save lives.

Water Safety contributes to the RNLI’s vision of saving every one, by developing Community Lifesaving Plans (CLPs) and working with Partners to help influence improved safety, to reduce the number of preventable deaths and incidents that occur within local coastal and inland waterway environments.

The Water Safety Adviser is part of a team contributing towards the local Community Lifesaving Plans by going into the community and delivering RNLI water safety advice. Part of this role is to identify local risks and work with partners to deliver targeted interventions.

This role for somebody who has good communication and people skills and possibly some experience of public speaking but if not, the desire to gain some skills and/or confidence in this area.

If you would like to join a friendly, dedicated, motivated team and you fit the criteria above or, have some of the required skills, we would like to hear from you.

The impact you will make

Contribute to the RNLI’s vision of saving everyone, by developing Community Lifesaving Plans (CLPs) to reduce the number of preventable deaths and incidents that occur within local coastal and inland waterway environment.

What you will be doing

  • Providing RNLI Water Safety advice to members of the public
  • Actively seeking opportunities to promote targeted RNLI safety messages
  • Maintaining good relationships with local stakeholders and partners
  • Attend regular Water Safety meetings
  • Be involved in other activities as required

Find out more about becoming a water safety education volunteer

What you need for this role

  • Knowledge/experience of coastal/inland waterway environment and local water based activity is desirable.
  • Experience in presenting/engaging with members of the public.
  • Passionate and keen interest in improving water safety.

What’s in it for you

  • Join an inclusive and diverse organisation
  • Have fun, meet new people and join a motivated and enthusiastic team who are making a difference
  • Learn skills and gain experience to enhance your CV
  • Gain the satisfaction of giving back
  • Training to fulfil your volunteer role will be provided and reasonable out of pocket expenses reimbursed


The RNLI is committed to safeguarding; ensuring the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk.  We expect all employees and volunteers to share this commitment and have a zero tolerance approach to proven incidents of bullying, abuse, harassment  or exploitation.  The suitability of all prospective employees and volunteers will be assessed during the recruitment process in line with this commitment. This will include relevant criminal record checks being carried out dependent on the eligibility of the role. (England & Wales; DBS check, Scotland; Disclosure Scotland PVG, Northern Ireland; Access NI, Republic of Ireland; Garda Vetting; International, International Child Protection Certificate process).

Diversity at the RNLI

Our staff and volunteers have been saving lives at sea without prejudice for nearly 200 years. We respect and value diversity of background, skills and perspectives within our teams, and consider it essential to help us deliver a world-class lifesaving service. We are an inclusive organisation and welcome applications from everyone. In addition to having the skills needed for the role, we also look for applicants who share our commitment to living our RNLI values (trustworthy, courageous, selfless, and dependable), and helping us work towards Our Vision: To save Every One.