Meet Chris Lewis, RNLI Lifeguard

Chris has been a lifeguard in Bournemouth, Dorset, for 55 years – he’s a proud lifesaver and describes it as ‘the best job in the world’.

He’s been a lifeguard since he was 16 – and can still complete the challenging fitness test: a 200m swim in 3½ minutes, a 200m run in under 40 seconds and two lengths underwater in under 50 seconds. ‘It’s kept me fit and healthy!’ Chris says. 

Watch him talk about his most memorable rescue – one that resulted in the whole beach applauding him – and find out what he most enjoys about being a lifeguard.


You deserve to enjoy a fantastic summer – find your nearest lifeguarded beach to keep you, and the ones you love, safe this season.