On a Saturday morning, Dorset photographer Jon Roach can usually be found in his comfort zone at a wedding. So it was a great honour, and a real treat, to be asked to take photos of the Swanage Lifeboat team for their 2014 calendar!
You can buy the calendar from the Swanage RNLI shop in town, or from the station, and it’s only £5. All the proceeds go towards the funds for the new Swanage lifeboat station. The new station will house the brand new Shannon-class lifeboat, there is some more information and some really nice action photos on the Swanage Lifeboat blog.
The brief was to provide a range of photos that showcased the lifeboats, the crew, and the volunteers who give up their time to help save lives along the Dorset coast. My thanks to everyone who turned out in the “realistic” weather and gave me their time and their patience to help achieve some results that I’m very proud of.
Please enjoy looking through some of my favourites from the morning, and then get yourself along to Swanage and buy the calendar. Or better still, buy lots!
The volunteer crew of both Swanage lifeboats; the Mersey class all weather lifeboat and the D Class inshore lifeboat.
Becky and Sam are an integral part of Swanage lifeboat crew. Female crew make up 10% of the RNLI’s total of 4600 crew.
The inshore lifeboat crew are able to respond very rapidly to nearby incidents. All the crews are highly skilled and trained in First Aid, sea survival and navigation.
Our lifeboat crews are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The picture shows some of the all weather crew with the current boathouse in the background.
Swanage lifeboat all weather crew, photographed with the current boat from inside the boathouse.
Coxswain Martin Steeden has been involved with Swanage Lifeboat Station since 1977 and has been Coxswain since 2000.
Mechanic Dave Turnbull has been part of the crew for over 20 years, 12 of them as Mechanic. Dave ensures that both boats are in perfect working order and ready for every launch and is employed full time at the station.
Shore crew are an important part of any station and are there to ensure the safe launch and recovery of the lifeboats.
A few of an army of volunteers that make up Swanage Lifeboat Fundraisers. These volunteers stage many events, stalls, shows, man the RNLI shop, invite the public into the boathouse, and raise some of the funds needed to run the RNLI.
There are many people involved in every lifeboat station and at Swanage we merge into one big family.
Dorset photographer Jon Roach is based in Christchurch and provides wedding and portrait photography throughout Dorset including Bournemouth, Poole and Purbeck. To enquire about availability please use the “Contact Us” button!