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RNLI on the lookout for new lifesavers in the South East

Lifeboats News Release

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has launched its search for budding new lifeguards to start their career on some of the South East’s most popular beaches.

Photo of lifeguard on a South East beach.

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Recruitment has opened for RNLI lifeguards in the South East 2022.

Recruitment for the 2022 season’s team of RNLI beach lifesavers has opened nationally, ready for the summer season. As well as rescuing those in difficulty, the RNLI’s beach lifeguards promote safe behaviour so visitors can return home safely.

In 2020, the charity’s lifeguards responded to more than 10,687 incidents and helped just over 25,000 people, saving 110 lives. Successful applicants will receive world-class lifesaving training, enjoy good rates of pay and develop valuable skills for a future career.

RNLI Lead Lifeguard Supervisor Kester Sheppard said: ‘Lifeguarding is a unique and rewarding role and if you’re thinking about applying, I would really recommend you go for it! You can gain invaluable skills and training whilst working on the beach and being part of an incredible team.

‘If you enjoy working in a challenging environment, have the ability to work under pressure and you like helping others, it really is a job you will love’

‘The skills our lifeguards gain can be an ideal first step towards many career paths or offer invaluable experience for those studying or training in a similar field.

‘Beach lifeguarding can be a great opportunity and a very rewarding role. You could change lives – including your own – all whilst enjoying the beach as your office. As long as you can meet the fitness requirements, pass the interview and you are over school leaving age, there can be a role for you as a lifesaver.

‘We have lifeguards who have been working for the RNLI for years, both on the beach and as part of our support teams. It really is a great opportunity.’

Find out more about how you can help to improve the safety of a community and apply to be part of our amazing lifesaving team at rnli.org/BeALifeguard.

RNLI media contacts

For more information, please contact Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer for the SE and London on (07785) 296252 [email protected] or Julie Rainey Regional Media Manager for the SE and London on (07827) 358256 Alternatively, please call the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336 789 or email [email protected].

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For more information on the RNLI please visit rnli.org. News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI News Centre rnli.org/news-and-media.

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. 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 143,100 lives.

Photo of lifeguards and RNLI Ranger vehicle on the beach.

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On the look out for RNLI lifeguards in the South East for 2022.
Photo of RNLI lifeguard giving safety advice to people on a beach.

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RNLI lifeguard giving safety advice on a beach.
Photo of an RNLI lifeguard at sea in waves on a Rescue Water Craft (jetski).

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RNLI lifeguard on a Rescue Water Craft at sea.
RNLI lifeguard in the water with a rescue board (looks similar to a surf board).

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RNLI lifeguard on a rescue board.

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.

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 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.

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