Caister is the home of the first of only two offshore lifeboats in the UK that is independent of the RNLI. A lifeboat at Caister was first documented in 1791, being used by the Caister Beach Company to salvage ships wrecked on the sand banks offshore from Caister. Between 1856 and 1969 lifeboats at Caister were operated by the RNLI.
The current lifeboats, the Bernard Matthews II (a Dutch-built Valentijn 2000 offshore lifeboat) and the Fred Dyble (a semi-rigid inflatable inshore lifeboat), are run by the Caister Volunteer Lifeboat Service, a registered charity supported entirely by public donation.
Ride The Waves
Experience the exhilaration as we leave Great Yarmouth Harbour for the open sea!