Could you give your time to help the RNLI at Fistral?

Lifeguards News Release

The RNLI will soon be opening a new visitor experience at Newquay’s Fistral beach and is in search of volunteers to help make it a success.

Fistral lifeguard unit

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Fistral lifeguard unit

A new interactive visitor attraction is being developed on the first floor of the lifeguard unit situated on Fistral beach. This exciting new facility will be open to the public to find out more about the RNLI lifeguards safety and prevention work. Visitors will be able to try on lifeguard kit, sit on a rescue watercraft used to save people in the water, see the medical kit lifeguards use and watch footage of previous rescues.

The centre is due to open in Easter and the RNLI is reaching out to anybody who would like to be involved by volunteering a few hours a week to ensure the facility is adequately manned throughout the summer.

Julie Evans, RNLI Visitor Experience Manager, explains: ‘We’re excited to see this new centre becoming a reality and look forward to welcoming the public in when we open over Easter.

‘We have a small team of volunteers who will run the visitor centre for a few hours a day, welcoming people, showing them around the activities and giving relevant safety messages. It’s a fantastic location on Fistral beach with a panoramic view of the sea and the lifeguards in action during their patrol hours. We would love to build on our current team and have a bigger group of volunteers on hand to help. If you’re interested and can spare a few hours a week please contact me at or 07818 688611 to find out more. Training and support will be provided.’

Notes to editors

The RNLI interactive visitor centre at Fistral will be officially opened during the Easter holidays. More information will be available closer to the time, including an invite to media to attend.

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