RNLI seeking potential lifesavers for East Lindsey’s beaches

Thursday 6 March 2014

Author: Clare Hopps

RNLI seeking potential lifesavers for East Lindsey’s beaches

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is looking for people who are interested in becoming lifeguards in East Lindsey.

The charity, in partnership with East Lindsey District Council, will again be providing the lifeguard cover on Mablethorpe, Sutton-on-Sea and Skegness beaches during the summer.*

A key part of a lifeguard’s job is to spot dangers before they develop and 95% of the role is preventative. They offer friendly and helpful advice, ensuring that people have a safe and enjoyable visit to the seaside.

RNLI lifeguards receive comprehensive on-going training, meaning that they are equipped to treat everything from minor cuts and bruises through to performing major first aid and lifesaving rescues.

The minimum age for applicants is 16 and candidates must have a high level of general fitness.

RNLI lifeguards earn a competitive rate of pay and can work up to 48 hours per week.*

The charity will be running a lifeguard course for suitable candidates in Skegness from 26 to 31 May.*

Sam Kendrick, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, said: ‘In many ways, it's a dream summer job, spending your working hours on the beach, with the possibility of being a lifesaver - but there's a lot more to being an RNLI lifeguard than fun on the sand. RNLI lifeguards are trained to a very high standard in lifeguard skills, first aid and casualty care.

‘We have a team of returning lifeguards each year who enjoy the seasonal work and are immensely proud to work for the RNLI. They get the opportunity to fulfil a vital and worthwhile role within the community whilst making new friends and developing CV-enhancing skills.’

East Lindsey District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, Councillor Adam Grist, said: ‘Beach lifeguards provide a vital service during summer months when the number of people along the East Coast increases significantly. We have been working with the RNLI for a number of years and their presence is reassuring for the many people who use our beaches.’

For more information on how to apply to become an RNLI lifeguard, please visit www.rnli.org/lifeguards or for more information about the lifeguard course, please contact Sam Kendrick, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor on 07990 650382 or at sam_kendrick@rnli.org.uk

Notes to editors
*This summer for the first time, RNLI lifeguards will be patrolling Ingoldmells Beach in East Lindsey.

* 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.

The lifeguard course which is running from 26 to 31 May is designed for lifeguards who will join the ‘peak season’ service.

The photograph shows an RNLI lifeguard in action. Credit: RNLI/Nathan Williams.

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