RNLI seeks next wave of new recruits
Lifeguard in the surf.
Picture: Nathan Williams, RNLI
A call has been issued for a new generation of lifeguards
to work on Kent’s beaches this summer.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) opens its 2013
recruitment drive this month.
Opportunities to join the charity in its lifesaving work are
available on existing patrols in Thanet, and in a new RNLI
lifeguarded area on the Isle of Sheppey.
Beach lifeguards are highly trained, equipped with the latest
lifesaving skills and kit, and paid at least £7.11 an hour.
Lifeguard manager Rory Smith said: “This is a great opportunity
for people to secure exciting and rewarding employment for the
"We have a good number of lifeguards returning, but we are also
seeking more recruits aged 16 and over to join our world-class
RNLI lifeguards must hold and maintain a valid surf lifesaving
qualification, and the charity will be hosting two entry level
beach lifeguard courses in Kent during the Easter holidays to give
those not yet qualified the same chance to apply.
Courses will be in
Thanet from Monday, April 8 to Saturday, April 13, and on the Isle
of Sheppey from April 8 to 12, with an assessment day on Sunday,
Priced at an ‘at cost’ £75 for the complete course and
assessment, the training is designed to invest in the lifesaving
future of the county and the safety of its beachgoers for summers
Rory added: “Being a beach lifeguard is a summer job with a
difference. It’s physically demanding and requires commitment, but
the level of training and support the RNLI provides will leave you
with invaluable skills for life.
"Plus you’ll be spending your summer outside and making a
difference on the beach.
"Last year our lifeguards in Thanet helped 664 people in
difficulty, and saved eight lives.
“As entrance to the course is dependent on a swimming test,
we’re keen to hear from people as soon as possible so we can
support them in reaching the required fitness levels before
If successful on the lifeguard training course, and in
application for a job with the RNLI, all lifeguards undergo further
intensive training in vital areas such as rescue board skills,
search and rescue patterns and casualty care, prior to operational
duty on the beach.
They also have to maintain a high level of fitness, which
includes a 200 metre beach run in under 40 seconds and a 400 metre
pool swim in under 7.5 minutes.
Contact Rory at email@example.com or
call 07530 492515.