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RNLI lifeguards training in the East of England ahead of busy peak season

Lifeguards News Release

RNLI lifeguards have been refreshing their training before the peak season for beaches in the East of England starts on Saturday 1 July.

RNLI lifeguards training before peak season

RNLI/Ted Morgan

RNLI lifeguards training before peak season

The lifeguards are busy preparing for the peak season and expected increase of people attending the beaches this summer.

The charity's lifeguard patrols are already operating full-time at Sheringham West, Cromer East, Mundesley, Sea Palling, Gorleston, Southwold North and Lowestoft South.

From Saturday 1 July, lifeguards will also be operational at the following beaches between 10am and 6pm every day: Wells-next-the-Sea, Sheringham East, West Runton, East Runton, Cromer West, Hemsby, Great Yarmouth, Southwold South, and Lowestoft North.

RNLI lifeguards are there to offer friendly advice and medical assistance when needed.

Lifeguard pre-season training will run between Tuesday 6 June and Thursday 22 June across Catfield support centre coastlines.

Ted Morgan, RNLI Lead Lifeguard Supervisor for North and East of England, said: ‘During pre-season training lifeguards are trained in casualty care, lifesaving skills, rescue techniques and incident management.

‘Our lifeguards also complete multi-agency exercises working with HM Coastguard, East England Ambulance Service and RNLI and independent lifeboat stations.’

The lifeguards will undergo fitness training in the sea and the pool to make sure they are ready for the busy season ahead.

RNLI lifeguards pride themselves in being as fit and prepared as possible to keep beach users safe each summer.

Ted Morgan added: ‘We always recommend that members of the public swim at a lifeguarded beach between the red and yellow flags.

‘If you find yourself in trouble in the water, remember to Float to Live:

  • Tilt your head back with your ears submerged

  • Try to relax

  • Control your breathing

  • Use your hands to help you stay afloat

  • Once calm, then try call for help or swim to safety if you can.’

In a coastal emergency, call 999 or 112 for the Coastguard.

For beach safety information and tips, please visit: https://rnli.org/safety/beach-safety

Notes to editors

Here is a link to a video demonstrating the Float to Live technique: https://source.rnli.org.uk/share/8D368494-1288-427B-9579B05FD5568D3F/?viewType=grid

For further information please see www.rnli.org/safety/float

RNLI picture caption

Photograph 1 shows RNLI lifeguards training before the peak season. Photo credit: Ted Morgan

Photograph 2 shows RNLI lifeguard rescue training. Photo credit: Ted Morgan

Photograph 3 shows RNLI lifeguard casualty care training. Photo credit: Ted Morgan

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For more information please contact Toni Carr, RNLI Media Engagement Placement on 07890 402106 or [email protected] or Clare Hopps, Regional Media Officer on 07824 518641 or [email protected] or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

RNLI lifeguards rescue training

RNLI/Ted Morgan

RNLI lifeguards rescue training
RNLI lifeguard casualty care training

RNLI/Ted Morgan

RNLI lifeguard casualty care training

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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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