Situated on the Solway Firth near Dalbeattie, the Kippford RNLI Station operates a D-Class Lifeboat crewed by volunteers, all of whom are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The D class has been the workhorse of the RNLI for more than 50 years. It is small and highly manoeuvrable, making it ideal for rescues close to the shore in fair to moderate conditions such as those which exist along the Solway Firth coastline. It has a single outboard engine and can be righted manually by the crew following a capsize. The design of the D class has continued to evolve since its introduction in 1963. 

The RNLI, which provides lifeboat rescue services throughout the UK and Ireland, is itself a registered charity and relies solely on voluntary contributions and donations from the public to continue its life-saving work. Since being founded in 1824, the RNLI has saved more than 139,900 lives. Visit the RNLI website for more information.

If you are interested  in becoming a crew member, call us on 01556 620131.

Kippford Lifeboat also operates a Charity Shop which is situated at the front of the Lifeboat Station. Selling a range of RNLI branded gifts, clothing, buckets and spades etc., the shop is staffed by a number of volunteers and is open daily between Spring and the end of October.

If you have the time and and are willing to join the team of volunteers in raising funds for this totally independent charity give the shop a call on 01556 620027 for an application form, or better still, call into the shop and have a chat with one of the volunteers. 

Kippford RNLI also has a Facebook page.

Kippford RNLI seeks
new volunteer press officer

The team at Kippford RNLI is calling for a volunteer lifeboat press officer to help save lives at sea.

The RNLI’s Lifeboat Station in Kippford is looking for a volunteer to join the existing team in the role of Lifeboat Press Officer.

Established in 1966, Kippford Lifeboat Station is situated in the small village of Kippford on the Solway Coast and has operated an inshore lifeboat for 40 years.

Crewed by volunteers, funded by public donations and answering the call of help day or night whatever the weather. The RNLI has an incredible story to tell, could you be the person to help tell the how volunteers in your community are working to save lives at sea?

The role of the Lifeboat Press Officer is to build and maintain friendly relationships with local press, radio, television and online media, keeping the community informed of operational activity by promoting newsworthy rescues and lifeboat station events.

This is a good opportunity to join a motivated and enthusiastic local team and have the satisfaction of contributing to saving lives at sea.

If you have good communication, writing and IT skills and you are interested in finding out more, please contact Martin Macnamara, Regional Media Officer for Scotland at or follow this link to apply.

The RNLI provides first class training and equipment, guidance and support to all volunteers, from volunteer lifeboat crew to shop volunteers and event marshals. Find out more about the opportunities available near you at    



Page updated February 2021