How old were you when you started the lifeboat?
I joined just after my 18th birthday
What do you have to wear on the lifeboat?
We have to wear all of our PPE issued by the RNLI which consists of a thermal suit, drysuit, lifejacket and helmet. We also get issued with some gloves although most of the crew in the summer like to wear fingerless ones.
What is it like being a crew member?
It's fun and you can always have a laugh with the other crew. But when the pager does sound all the laughs are pushed aside and it's down to help out the people who need us.
How do you feel when you get called out in the middle of a cold winters night?
I unlike many others at the station don't mind a cold winter call out. Although it's not nice getting back into a cold bed after it. A nice cup of tea after the shout at the station normally is the best answer.
How long does it take to get from your house to the boat when you get a call?
It normally takes me around 5 minutes depending on events in Brighton and Rush hour traffic.
What is it like on the lifeboat when the weather is really bad?
In bad weather you really have to read the sea In front of you and also rely heavily on your crew keeping a sharp look out for and other waves that you may not of spot. We try and train in poor weather so when we do launch in it we no what to expect.
What made you want to join the lifeboat crew?
I got involved with a family friend who used to be a helmsman at Brighton. On a training night when I wa 13 he took me down and showed me everything. From that day on I wanted to join.
What's the best thing about being on the crew?
We have a great team and everyone pulls together when we need too. It is like a second home to most people and most of us spend just as much time on station as at home.
What does your family think about your lifeboat work?
I have full support from all my family and friends. Which is great and they fully understand if I have to drop anything and run off that I'm going to help someone.