Helmets are ﬁ t t e d w i t h inﬂatable liners, foam inside, and visors. They are marked up with high-visibility reﬂective strips, and velcro pads to allow torches and other equipment to be attached. ILB helmsman helmets also have earpieces to make communication with Coastguards easier.
All-weather Lifeboat Trousers and Jackets. Built for the most extreme off-shore conditions, protection whilst on deck is provided by waterproof trousers and jackets. Jackets have high ﬂeece-lined collars, and ﬂuorescent hoods. Arm and leg openings have velcro cuffs to keep the water out.
Lifejackets are also ﬁtted with highly visible reﬂective patches. Jackets for use on the ILB have built-in buoyancy even without inﬂating the jacket. The buoyancy is increased by inﬂating the jacket, achieved by pulling the inﬂation toggle. All-weather lifeboat jackets do not have built-in buoyancy but inﬂate automatically (within seconds) when in water. Visit our website to view our lifejacket video! Lifejackets also have lifting strops, personal safety harnesses, a whistle, a light, and a spray hood.
ILB Drysuits. As well as built-in bouyancy differences between the ALB and ILB lifejackets, there are other differences between ALB Personal Protective Kit and ILB Personal Protective Kit. ILB crew wear all-in-one dry suits, which have the the recognisable RNLI yellow wellies welded on. Underneath this they wear a ﬂeece bodysuit. Together these differences protect the ILB crew who are more exposed to the elements, more likely to get wet, and more likely to ﬁnd themselves in the water.