Boat-handling exercise in rough weather: St Ives crew in 1886 and Lowestoft crew in 2017Photo: (on the right) Stephen Duncombe
Boat-handling exercise in rough weather: St Ives crew in 1886 and Lowestoft crew in 2017

A regime of regular inspections of lifeboats was introduced to ensure that they were seaworthy, safe and ready to be launched. Today this work is carried out by our Coastal Maintenance Team and area lifesaving managers.

Crews were required to exercise each quarter, preferably in rough seas, to ensure that they were familiar with and competent in their lifeboat.

The local lifeboat management committee was required to submit a report following each training session, not dissimilar to the modern day training exercise returns. 

Station training exercises these days take place every week.