The RNLI lifeguards started their first season on Jersey's beaches on 28 May 2011. They patrol the western beaches on Jersey and their 2016 dates are as follows:
St Ouen only: 30 April - 25 September 2016
St Ouen, St Brelade, Greve de Lecq & Plemont: 21 May - 25 September 2016
In addition there is cover on some of the above beaches during the Easter and Autumn half terms. Details will be posted here.
The majority of the lifeguards live in Jersey and have now worked on Jersey's beaches with the RNLI for several seasons.
Education and prevention
As part of the preventative and educational aspects of their role, the lifeguards visit local schools to deliver vital beach safety education. They are also involved in the RNLI's Swim Safe programme which teaches children aged 7-14 how to stay safe in and around coastal and open waters. Details on the Swim Safe programme can be found here.
Working as a Lifeguard
If becoming an RNLI Lifeguard was something of interest, then you might like to know that to work or volunteer as a lifeguard for the RNLI you need to:
- hold and maintain a valid surf lifesaving qualification, which are usually obtained via a commercial provider or through a volunteer lifesaving club. You can find out more information about these by visiting the SLSGB or RLSS websites.
- meet the following RNLI fitness standards:
- 200m pool swim in under 3.5 minutes
- 400m pool swim in under 7.5 minutes
- 25m pool swim underwater and 25m surface swim consecutively in under 50 seconds
- 200m beach run in under 40 seconds
To find out more, or to apply for a job as an RNLI lifeguard visit www.rnli.org.uk/jobs