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RNLI lifeguard Chris Lewis on the 200 Voices podcast
200 Voices an RNLI podcast

‘The RNLI saved my life’

Episode 76 – Defying Expectations: Chris Lewis

The 72-year-old lifeguard who’s still going strong.

Meet Chris Lewis MBE, the RNLI’s oldest lifeguard. When Chris tried to become an RNLI lifeguard, the rules of the day meant that he was too old. Undeterred, Chris passed the RNLI’s stringent fitness tests and has never looked back.

At 72, why does he still do it? And what advice would he give to other aspiring lifeguards who might like to do ‘the best job in the world’?

Chris has been keeping people safe on Bournemouth Beach for 58 years. For his incredible lifesaving work, Chris was recently awarded an official Guinness World Records title: the longest career as a lifeguard.

Interested in being a frontline lifesaver? Like Chris, you can help keep beachgoers safe. Find out how to become a lifeguard and learn more about what’s involved in this unique and rewarding job.