RNLI on the lookout for new beach lifesavers in the south west
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is on the hunt for budding lifeguards to launch their lifesaving careers on the south west’s beaches.
Recruitment for this season’s lifeguard team has started nationally in preparation for keeping the nation’s beachgoers safe this summer. The charity’s lifeguards not only rescue those in difficulty in the water, they also provide vital beach first-aid and safety advice to ensure visitors can return home safely.
Last summer, lifeguards plucked stricken swimmers from powerful rip currents, saved children being blown offshore in inflatables, came to the aid of paddleboarders and gave lifesaving CPR on beaches among the thousands of incidents they attended.
In 2021, the RNLI’s lifeguards the south west aided 13,402 people in need, saving 56 lives.
One of those lives was saved by a team of lifeguards at Mawgan Porth Beach, Cornwall, after a man walking in the shallows near the shore was caught in a powerful rip current and pulled out to sea.
In rough seas one of the team, Theresa Morokutti, drove a rescue watercraft – the lifeguards' version of a jet ski – out to the casualty and, just managing to cling to the sled on the back, took the man back to safety.
Theresa said: ‘When we all reached the beach safely, I felt relief and so much adrenaline, plus absolute satisfaction and pure happiness.’
Originally from Austria, Theresa started working as an RNLI lifeguard seven years ago.
She said: ‘When I was offered a job as a lifeguard, I tried it and fell in love with it. Straight away I felt like this is the perfect job for me, I love working in a team, being on the beach and in the sea.
‘I then realised that this job is a lot more than just that. It is so rewarding being able to keep people safe in the sea, give lifesaving advice, perform rescues and give first aid to those in need of help.
‘To anyone thinking of becoming a lifeguard, just do it.’
Successful applicants will receive world-class lifesaving training, enjoy good rates of pay, the possibility of flexible working patterns and develop valuable skills for a future career.
Henry Irvine, RNLI Regional Lifeguard Lead, says; ‘Beach lifeguarding is a great opportunity and a very rewarding role that changes lives – including your own – all whilst enjoying the beach as your office.
‘Our lifeguards range from teenagers all the way up to lifesavers in their 70s, as long as you meet the fitness requirements and you are over 16 years old, there could be a role for you.
‘The job also has great paths for progression - we have lifeguards who have been working for the RNLI for years, both on the beach and as part of our support teams, and the skills you gain can make an ideal first step towards many careers. It’s a great opportunity whether you want a rewarding summer job or to pursue a career in lifesaving.’
Find out more about becoming a lifeguard at rnli.org/BeALifeguard.
Notes to editors
· Images of Theresa Morokutti and other images
· Henry and Theresa are available for media interviews on request
· The fitness requirements for lifeguards are to be able to:
- complete a 400m pool swim in under 7½ minutes, the first 200m of which must be completed in under 3½ minutes.
- complete a 25m pool swim underwater and a 25m surface swim consecutively in under 50 seconds.
- complete a 200m beach run in under 40 seconds.
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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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