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For the Summer of 2013, there will be 1,000 lifeguards on patrol.
More than 200 UK and Channel Island beaches will be patrolled by RNLI lifeguards in 2013.
We do receive a small amount from the appropriate local authorities and beach owners which helps to meet the cost of lifeguard wages, but the majority of funding is from voluntary contributions.
Lifeguards need to be physically on the beach during the patrolled hours, ready to respond to emergencies and also preventing many accidents. Because of this requirement we cannot completely rely on volunteers to provide this coverage 7 days a week.
You can apply via the RNLI jobs website.
Please visit our volunteer lifeguards website for more information.
In 2012, there were 14,519 incidents, and 16,414 people assisted.
Our lifeboat crews launch 24 times a day on average. Find out which station has launched near you around the UK and Republic of Ireland. View shouts.
The RNLI is an independent charity, funded by voluntary donations. We could not save lives at sea without your support.
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