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