Join Lifeboat Crew
We're often asked about the criteria for joining the crew. Hopefully this page will help those questions.
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."
To view the available Lifeguard jobs in Jersey click here.
National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ) or equivalent to become an RNLI lifeguard. If you already have a beach lifeguard qualification, it needs to be equivalent to the ILS Beach Lifeguard qualification. Find out if yours is recognised on the ILS website.
A health assessment (including an eyesight test) to ensure you are physically up to the job. This applies even if you've worked as an RNLI lifeguard before.
A 400m pool swim in under 7½ minutes, the first 200m of which must be completed in under 3½ minutes.
A 25m pool swim underwater and a 25m surface swim consecutively in under 50 seconds.
A 200m beach run in under 40 seconds.
It may sound like a big ask, but we’ll be there every step of the way to help you reach these criteria – and become the best lifesaver you can be.