Caister Lifeboat - 40 Years of Independence!
Caister Lifeboat

Welcome to Caister Lifeboat

 Don't forget that we have a donation link using the  "Just Giving" web site....just open the "Just Giving" site ,search Caister Lifeboat and follow the links.
For 2017 there will be plenty more for the whole family to do in our revamped Caister Lifeboat Experience as well as a full diary of events to enjoy..
See our EVENTS PAGE for details of all our special events
Why not enjoy a nice cup of lifeboat tea with your choice of roll, sandwich or toastie in the Coxwains Cafe. We have hot and cold drinks, ice cream and lots of delicious cakes. Take the weight off your feet and sit around the Offshore lifeboat and chat about what you have seen and ask the questions to get the answers to any quries you have about the Service.
The Caister Lifeboat Experience in the Old Shed is now open to the public... during winter we have been refreshing our displays and creating new activities.
Visitors can dress up in waterproof lifeboat kit and get on board a real lifeboat - The Shirley Jean Adye - which served at Caister from 1969 to 1991.
There's also games and activities to play, you can hear some of the Caister Lifeboat stories in new audio systems which have been fittedaround the shed to add to our display boards.
There's also a range of short films, including the Children's ITV show Rosie and Jim - where Caister Lifeboat rescued them on The Old Rag Doll!
We've made the changes based on what you've told us. Feedback highlighted that adult visitors loved learning about the Caister Lifeboats, but that there wasn't enough for children to do. Now they can.
What's more, it's free for everyone. 
And when you have had all your adventures you can visit the Bernard Matthews Operational Shed for a well earned cup of tea and a locally made cake
Caister Lifeboat Experience is open Sundays and Wednesdays from Good Friday  until the last Sunday in October . Also open every Bank Holiday during the season, and every Thursday during the school summer holidays. 
During the 2013 we had the Bernard Matthews II, all-weather lifeboat, fully serviced, refitted and improved together with a stainless steel replacement cabin for our main launch caterpillar tractor.We also replaced the lifting fenders on our main trailer. 
Our New Inshore Lifeboat the "Fred Dyble", is now fully operational with its new tractor and always ready on its new launch trailor.  
We continually train to keep people safe on our local beaches and at sea.With help and support from HM Coastguard, the local Coastguard patrols,Caister National Coastwatch Institute and other emergency services, we've had some incredible life-saving rescues. 
Our Chairman and Crew man Paul Garrod looking suitably pleased during a recent training excercise
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Why not keep in touch by logging onto our  Facebook page introduced to provide you with information and photographs so you  know what we are doing and when.


Our new Inshore Lifeboat is on station and responding to calls for assistance.

See our boats section for more details of our new Inshore boat, was named the Fred  Dyble by HRH Princess Anne.

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 New boat launch


The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2012.Signed by Her Majesty The Queen has  been granted to the Caister Volunteer Lifeboat Service 

It has the citation "For the saving of lives of those in danger on the seas and the foreshore of the East Anglian Coast"

Queens Award

All those involved with the service are extremely proud of this award especially since it coincided with the Queen's Diamond jubilee Celebrations on the Thames.

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See our other photo's from the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the Thames on the special site

Three Crew Members were presented with their Royal Humane Society Medals by the Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk  The Assisting Medic received a Certificate from the CVLS.


Picture by Director Mike Randall

All your donations and good wishes of support are most appreciated and because we are all volunteers all financial help goes to ensuring the lifeboats are fully operational and the crew are trained, available and ready to respond.  

Without your help we could not continue to be ready to support those in distress and to save lives. This is why a very grateful and special "Thank you" message is sent to all our sponsors and Supporters 

We do our very best to acknowledge and respond to all donations and enquiries so please remember to always send us your details, or the address of the Organisation you represent.

If you haven't heard from us within 28 days please give us a call. We will NEVER intentionally ignore any communication but sometimes, even with our best endevours, things can go astray. 

Where it all began.

Our history dates back to the Caister Beach Company in 1794 and the volunteers of the Caister Lifeboat Service can claim with pride that they are an important part of the history of Caister On Sea  and the proud heritage of Norfolk.

 Since 1969 the Caister Volunteer Lifeboat Service has been operated independently from the RNLI, as a Registered Charity, ( The Caister Volunteer Lifeboat Service.) and today Volunteers crew both an offshore and inshore lifeboat.

At 38 knots the Offshore Lifeboat, 'Bernard Matthews II', named after the very famous Norfolk turkey farmer, is a Dutch valentijn class vessel. It is the fastest all weather lifeboat in the British Isles. Along with the inshore vessel, the Fred Dyble they both provide an essential part of the lifeboat service on this deceivingly treacherous coast.

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We welcome you to our Caister Lifeboat Experience which explains in pictures and words the story of the Caister Volunteer Lifeboat Service from way back in the days of the Famous Norfolk Coast Beach Companys. Get aboard our first motorised Lifeboat ,the Shirley Jean Ayde and read of the exploits  of crews past and present

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 If you have a story or any information about the Caister Life boats that you want to share please contact us 

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 The crew assembled for their annual photograph

Caister Lifeboat Crew

For details of all our boats and the rescues that tell the history of the station please click on the archive icon at the end of the history page 

Latest News

22/04/17  Marconi Day
Dozens of Radio Amateurs are in our Old Station today attempting to...

20/04/17  Softrak has arrived
We have just taken delivery of a a new Softrak to replace the...

Latest Shouts

03/08/15  Inflatable rescue thanks to Coastwatch vigulance
'A' watch today - potential lives saved - 4 young lads in an...

22/07/15  Assist Motor Cruiser VEUR 11
Called to assist Motor Cruiser VEUR 11.. along side at 20.59 and two...

06/06/15  Recover Jet Ski
Jet ski in distress with adult male and one male child....Jetski...

10/05/15  Recover Yacht MIKARA
Launched at 13.32 and arrived at casualty at 13.42.....two crew put...

The Lifeboat Station, Tan lane, Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk NR30 5DJ