The D class lifeboat requires a three person crew so a minimum of twelve enrolled crew members are needed. Most D class stations have twenty to twentyfive crew members; all are volunteers with full time jobs and commitments. As calls can come at any time, many would be unavailable, hence the need for a large pool of trained crew.
At Dartmouth we are fortunate. To date, there are twenty four volunteers, of both genders, with a variety of backgrounds, from full time watermen, part time yachtsmen, leisure water users to dedicated and committed novices. Their trades include boat builders and finishers, lifeguards, harbour board operators, commercial yachtmasters and also members of local rowing and sailing clubs.
Confidence is high; we have the right people with the skills and commitment to develop and 'man' a 1st rate lifeboat station in Dartmouth. The crew volunteers now meet informally between 6pm and 7pm on Tuesday evenings, at the Lifeboat Station. Tuesday evening is also one of the two crew training nights.