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Ever dreamed that your office was at the beach?

Lifeguards News Release

It can be your reality. This is your chance to make a difference this year and save lives. Preparations are being made to recruit a fit, enthusiastic team of lifeguards to patrol the beaches in Camber, Hastings and Bexhill, East Sussex.

lifeguard in forefront with surf board teo other lifeguards in the picture on the beach


Lifeguards are always prepared and on the alert

RNLI lifeguards began patrolling beaches in 2001 and are now an essential part of the seamless rescue service from beach to open sea. In 2017 they responded to 15,500 incidents and helped over 24,000 people.

Unlike many jobs, every shift is different depending upon the tides, the weather and how busy the beach is. Lifeguarding opens plenty of doors for professional development no matter what career you aspire to. Throughout your time as a lifeguard you will undergo an intensive training programme to build the skills needed to be competent and to ensure that people on the beach are safe, ultimately perhaps saving lives. The salary is dependent upon your role and can range from £9 - £13.47 an hour. Typically it is a 40 hour week with flexibility around your work and family commitments.

A good lifeguard rarely gets wet because 95% of her/his work is preventative. This enables them to effectively save lives by teaching families and individuals how to respect the water, to understand the tide times and knowing how to get help quickly.

Alex, when asked last season what makes a good lifeguard said, ‘Holding to RNLI values and being active and fit are expected but what is really important is to be approachable and outgoing.’

So if this is your dream job contact

Or apply on line

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Let your dream become a reality and make a difference by keeping our beaches a safer place to be.


being a lifeguard is like being part of a big family


Lifeguards can move speedily around the beach


Lifeguards keeping in touch with colleagues


lifeguards were on Camber beach till the end of October last year

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.


The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland