RNLI lifeguards return to offer a reassuring presence on Skegness beach
Tuesday 19 May 2015
Author: Clare Hopps
Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguards will be returning to keep watch over Skegness beach from this weekend (Saturday 23 May).
The charity's lifeguards, in association with East Lindsey District Council, will be operating daily safety patrols from 10am to 6pm from the Bank Holiday weekend through to Sunday 6 September.
A seven-day-a-week service will also begin at Ingoldmells beach from 4 July, with patrols again operating until 6 September.
The lifeguards have undergone a period of comprehensive training and have passed rigorous fitness tests to ensure that everyone is in top condition and physically ready for the seasonal service.
95% of the role is preventative and the teams will be on hand to offer friendly safety advice, such as always to swim between the red and yellow flags and tips on what to do if you get into trouble in the water.
Vincent Pank, RNLI Lifeguard Manager, said: 'All of the charityís lifeguards have spent the last month polishing their lifesaving skills and first aid abilities, and theyíre looking forward to patrolling the beaches from the Bank Holiday.
'Our teams are there to provide a reassuring presence on the beach and to offer extra peace of mind to visitors, enabling them to have a safe and enjoyable experience at the seaside.'
For those heading to the beach, the RNLIís top five beach safety tips are:
1. Swim at a lifeguarded beach, between the red and yellow flags
2. Never use inflatables in strong winds or rough seas
3. Check tide times before you go
4. If you get into trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help
5. If you see someone else in trouble, tell a lifeguard. If you can't see a lifeguard, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard
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 RNLIís costs, which helps to meet the cost of lifeguard wages.
An RNLI lifeguard on patrol. (Credit: RNLI/Nathan Williams)