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RNLI lifeguard jobs available on beaches at Margate, Ramsgate, Broadstairs, Westgate and Birchington this summer.

07 February 2014
by Mary Louis

RNLI Lifeguards line up on the beach at Broadstairs.

RNLI Lifeguards line up on the beach at Broadstairs.

Fancy working on the beach in Thanet and doing something extraordinary with your summer?

Ten RNLI lifeguarding jobs are going around the coast for anyone who is also courageous, selflesss, trustworthy, dependable and fit and fast both in the water and on the land.

New recruits are wanted for beaches at Minnis Bay, West Bay, St Mildreds, Westbrook Bay, Margate, Botany Bay, Joss Bay, Stone Bay, Broadstairs and Ramsgate.

In order to be considered, applicants must have first achieve an internationally-recognised beach lifeguard qualification.

The RNLI and Broadstairs Surf Lifesaving Club are staging a course, culminating in an appropriate qualification, The Surf Life Saving GB (SLSGB) Beach Lifeguard Award, from April 5 to12.

For a place on the course, candidates must be able to swim 400 metres in a forward facing stroke in seven minutes and 30 seconds or less, run 200 metres on sand in 40 seconds or less, and be at least 16 on the first day of the course.

The cost of the course is £120, a fraction of the full price. This covers tuition, assessment fee, manual, use of equipment, wetsuit and pool hire and one year’s membership to Broadstairs Surf Lifesaving Club.

RNLI lifeguard manager Rory Smith said: “Working as a lifeguard has got to be Kent’s best summer job. Of course it’s incredible to be able to call the beach your office but far more importantly than that, you could save a life. The skills you’ll learn will benefit you for the rest of your life.

Beach lifeguard online recruitment opened on February 1 at

Mr Smith added “Attendance on the course does not guarantee a job as an RNLI lifeguard during summer 2014, but those who pass and display the qualities we are looking for will be in a strong position.”

For more information and to book a place on the Thanet SLSGB beach lifeguard course, contact James Uren on 07785438360 or email

For full report, see next week's Thanet Extra

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