Do you have what it takes to save lives at sea?

Swanage lifeboat station is seeking new volunteer crew members to support the team and will be hosting a recruitment evening to find its new lifesavers next week.

The RNLI is calling for people from all walks of life to help crew the lifeboat and assist with launch and recovery when they go on service.

Captain Neil Hardy, volunteer lifeboat operations manager, is keen to stress that you people do not need previous sea-going experience to get involved.

He said: "Only 10 per cent of the RNLI’s new recruits come with maritime experience. Our lifeboat women and men come from all backgrounds.

"We are looking for anyone aged 17 to 60 years old who is living or working within ten minutes of the lifeboat station.

"You need to be willing to volunteer some of your free time to join what I believe is to be one of the most exhilarating and rewarding voluntary services out there.

"The RNLI provides fantastic training to turn ordinary people into lifesavers and by volunteering, people will gain great experience, knowledge and skills."

For those not as keen to get on board the lifeboats, there are other support and fundraising opportunities with the RNLI at Swanage, including assisting with visits, helping in the shop and raising vital funds.

If you are interested in volunteering for the RNLI, the recruitment evening will be held at the station between 5pm and 9pm on Monday, November13.

If you cannot make the recruitment evening or would like more information, call the lifeboat station on 01929 423237 or email