RNLI Launches Lifeguard Recruitment Drive

The RNLI is in search of new lifeguards to help ensure public safety across local beaches.

Successful applicants will receive full world-class search and rescue training ahead of their season as a beach lifeguard, as well as good rates of pay and the chance to develop towards a future career.

The charity seasonally patrols 11 beaches along the Causeway Coast and Glens and in County Down each year.

Lifeguards responded to 283 incidents and rescued 252 people at the height of operations in 2018.

The positions also come with training in lifesaving and casualty care techniques.
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Lead Lifeguard Supervisor at the RNLI, Karl O'Neill said: "Working as a lifeguard is a unique and rewarding experience – you get to call the beach your office for a start. But far more importantly than that, you are there to make sure the public stay safe while enjoying their visit, and ultimately to help save lives at sea.

"This is a demanding job requiring commitment, skill and a clear head, but it's also a job that is truly life changing. We're looking for people with courage, determination and the ability to put their training into action and make the right decision if someone's life is in danger. It is an incredibly rewarding role."

The training provided by the charity can be put to use in many other career paths such as the emergency services or continuing within the RNLI.

Applicants must be of school leaving age, have a National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (or equivalent), meet a specific fitness criteria and have a right to work in the UK.

Applications are now live online with both seasonal and casual positions available.

Entries close Sunday 26 April.


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