RNLI on the lookout for beach lifeguards in Sussex this Summer

Lifeguards News Release

Would you like to spend your summer on the beach helping people stay safe? National lifesaving charity, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), is looking for budding lifesavers to do just that.

Lifeguard in the surf

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Lifeguard in the surf

Recruitment has opened for this summer’s crop of beach lifeguards. Successful applicants for beach lifeguarding will receive world class training in search and rescue, lifesaving and casualty care techniques, as well as boosting their CV’s with invaluable skills that will wow future employers.

Recruits will also be trained in using the latest lifesaving equipment including rescue boards, rescue tubes and defibrillators.

Allen Head, RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager, said: ‘I think working as a lifeguard has got to be one of the most rewarding jobs. Of course it’s incredible to be able to call the beach your office but far more importantly than that, you are there to make sure the public enjoy it in the safest possible way.

‘But make no mistake. This is a demanding job requiring commitment, skill and a clear head. We want people with the courage, determination and the ability to draw on their training and make the right decision if someone’s life is in danger.’

The RNLI is currently recruiting for beaches all over the UK and Ireland, two in East Sussex including Camber Sands*

The RNLI is looking for individuals who possess an internationally recognised beach lifeguard qualification. A series of courses hosted by the RNLI and local lifesaving clubs will be held in the coming weeks and months to enable people to get this qualification. Although this does not guarantee a job as an RNLI lifeguard, individuals must also be fit and healthy and be strong swimmers.

In 2015 RNLI lifeguards on some 220 beaches dealt with 15,714 incidents and helped 18,181 people. Incidents ranged from slips, trips and stings to more serious water based rescues.

Find out more about how you can make a difference and apply to be part of our amazing lifesaving teams at RNLI.org/LifeguardRecruitment

Note to Editors

*All employment offers for Camber Sands were subject to budget approval by Rother District Council at their full council meeting on Monday 27 February. The council did approve the budget at that meeting.

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Lifeguard training windbreak on beach

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Lifeguard training
Lifeguard giving advice to child on the beach

RNLI/Nathan Williams

Lifeguard giving advice

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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