RNLI lifeguards are based on the beach and spot potential dangers before they develop, give appropriate safety advice to beach users, and respond immediately if anyone gets into difficulty to help save lives. Additionally they help spread the educational message about safety at sea through activities such as visits to schools and clubs etc.
The RNLI is always keen to hear from people interested in becoming a lifeguard, especially if they are Jersey residents. As Simon Crayfourd, RNLI Lifeguard Manager, said at the launch of the RNLI lifeguard service in Jersey in May 2011;
'The RNLI has committed to working with volunteer groups in Jersey to create opportunities for local people who want to pursue a job as a lifeguard. Our hope in the long term is to ensure there are an adequate number of people developing lifesaving skills locally to sustain the lifeguard service.'
Most RNLI Lifeguards are paid professionals but there is also scope for joining on a volunteer basis.
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