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Lifeguards News Release

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is searching for new recruits to spend a season working on beaches in Swale.

At the forefront of the RNLI’s lifesaving work, the charity’s lifeguards responded to over 15,500 incidents and helped over 24,000 people in 2017. Successful applicants receive world-class training in search and rescue, lifesaving and casualty care techniques, good rates of pay and the chance to develop valuable skills for a future career.

Lucy Macgowan, Lifeguard Supervisor, says: ‘Working as a lifeguard is a unique and rewarding experience – you get to call the beach your office for a start. But far more importantly than that, you are there to make sure the public stay safe while enjoying their visit, and ultimately to help save lives at sea.

‘This is a demanding job requiring commitment, skill and a clear head, but it’s also a job that is truly life changing. We’re looking for people with courage, determination and the ability to put their training into action and make the right decision if someone’s life is in danger. It is an incredibly rewarding role.’

A taster session is being held on Sunday 24 March where people will have the chance to find out more about the role. It will involve trying out some of the rescue equipment, meet the team, and is a great opportunity to ask any questions about being a RNLI Lifeguard. If you’re interested, email [email protected] for more information.

Lucy continued: ‘It doesn’t matter what age you are, if you enjoy working in a team, enjoy a challenging and changing environment, have the ability to think quickly under pressure, like helping others, and have the fitness to do the role then don’t think’s a job you will love.’

Find out more about how you can make a difference and apply to be part of our amazing lifesaving team at


Notes to Editor:

  • The taster session will be held at Sheppey Healthy Living Centre, Beach St, Sheerness ME12 1HH between 2.40pm – 4pm
  • RNLI lifeguards will be patrolling the following beaches in Swale this summer, Minster-on-sea, Sheerness, Leysdown-on-sea.

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For more information, please contact Ollie Wrynne-Simpson, Regional Media Officer, on 01202 366057 or email [email protected]. Alternatively, please call the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or email [email protected].

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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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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