RNLI holding beach lifeguard try-outs in East Lindsey
Thursday 24 April 2014
Author: Clare Hopps
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is inviting potential lifesavers to attend beach lifeguard try-outs in Skegness on Sunday 4 May at the Embassy Swimming Pool on Grand Parade.
The recruitment session will take place at 9.00am and will provide an informal opportunity for people to find out more about the role of an RNLI lifeguard.
RNLI lifeguards are trained to a high standard in lifeguard skills, first aid and casualty care. A key part of the job is to spot dangers before they develop and 95% of the role is preventative.
Rob Jones, RNLI lifeguard supervisor, explained: ‘Ideally candidates should be strong swimmers, as they will be given a swimming test to see if they can swim 400 metres in under seven minutes and 30 seconds.
‘There is some flexibility if people don’t quite achieve this - as we’ll be on hand to offer helpful tips on how they can go faster.’
The charity, in partnership with East Lindsey District Council, will again be providing the summer lifeguard cover on the beaches at Mablethorpe, Sutton-on-sea and Skegness
This year RNLI patrols will be operating on Ingoldmells beach for the first time.
RNLI lifeguards earn a competitive rate of pay and can work up to 48 hours per week. The minimum age for applicants is 16.*
Rob added: ‘Working as an RNLI lifeguard is a really rewarding summer job. You get the opportunity to make new friends and develop CV enhancing skills while helping thousands of beach goers to have a safe and enjoyable visit to the seaside.’
For more information about the lifeguard try-outs, please email Rob Jones at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors
* As RNLI lifeguards need to be physically on the beach during the patrolled hours, ready to respond to emergencies and prevent accidents, the RNLI can’t rely on volunteers to provide this cover seven days a week.
Local authorities part fund the RNLI’s costs, which helps to meet the cost of lifeguard wages.
*The lifeguard service starts on 24 May and runs until 7 September, seven days a week from 10am to 6pm.
RNLI lifeguards training. Credit: Nigel Millard