Dave Riley
Dave Riley (aka 'Smiley Riley')
ALB Deputy Second Coxswain and ILB Helm


  • Joined: 2005 (and at Eastbourne Lifeboat Station since June 1996)
  • Employment: RNLI Trainer at RNLI Lifeboat College

Dave joined Eastbourne lifeboat crew in 1996, eventually working his way up to Navigator on the ALB and Helmsman on the ILB. Dave spent 9 years working at the local marina as a lock keeper.

In November 2004 Dave moved down to Poole to take up his new role as an ILB Instructor at the Lifeboat College. Dave's current role is now RNLI Trainer and teaches on a wide range of courses from ILBs / ALBs / Hovercraft and Leadership courses to name a few.

On station Dave looks after the station's Twitter account and assists the LPO in the running of Facebook. He's also often behind the camera on many of the photos put up on the station's social media sites.

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