Main photograph by Nigel Millard
The RNLI is all about saving lives at sea. It’s an entirely volunteer-led charity, founded way back in 1824. Today, they have over 350 lifeboats around the UK, covering 19,000 miles of coastline, while lifeguards patrol the beaches in summer. They even have a flood response team for river emergencies.
All of which is great but why should you join the 51.3k people who follow the RNLI on Instagram? Partly for a humbling reminder, amid the sunsets and city break snaps in your feed, of how scary and powerful the sea is. But also so you don’t forget how seriously hardcore and badass the RNLI volunteers are, to tune into those who go out searching and rescuing in the stormiest of sea conditions when most of us are tucked up in bed. In a more primal sense, it’s also really cool to see tiny orange boats battling against the kind of super-gnarly waves you only see in retro oil paintings.