Video: The RNLI is looking to recruit potential lifesavers for East Riding’s beaches

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is starting its national lifeguard recruitment campaign on 1 February 2014 and is looking for people who are interested in becoming lifeguards in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

The charity, in partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council, will again be providing the lifeguard cover on Bridlington North and South beaches and Belvedere, Withernsea and Hornsea beaches during the summer.

rnli lifeguard

rnli lifeguard

A key part of a lifeguard’s job is to spot dangers before they develop and 95% of the role is preventative. They offer friendly and helpful advice, ensuring that people have a safe an enjoyable visit to the seaside.

RNLI lifeguards receive comprehensive on-going training, meaning that they are equipped to treat everything from minor cuts and bruises through to performing major first-aid and lifesaving rescues

The minimum age for applicants is 16 and candidates must have a high level of general fitness.

RNLI lifeguards earn a competitive rate of pay and can work up to 48 hours per week.*

The charity will be running lifeguard courses for suitable candidates in Scarborough from 17 to 22 February and 21 to 26 April.*

Chris Ward, RNLI Lifeguard Manager, said: ‘In many ways, it’s a dream job, spending your working hours on the beach, with the possibility of being a lifesaver - but there’s a lot more to being an RNLI lifeguard than fun on the sand.

‘RNLI lifeguards are trained to a very high standard in lifeguard skills, first-aid and casualty care and other competencies such as how to use Rescue Water Crafts.

‘We have a team of returning lifeguards each year who enjoy the seasonal work and are immensely proud to work for the RNLI. They get the opportunity to fulfil a vital and worthwhile role within the community whilst making new friends and developing CV-enhancing skills.’

Cllr Richard Burton, East Riding of Yorkshire Council portfolio holder for Civic Wellbeing and Culture, said: ‘I would urge as many people as possible to sign up to the RNLI’s recruitment campaign. As a council, we are very happy to support the RNLI in their hugely important work to help keep our coastline safe, which in turn helps to attract visitors to this stunning part of the world.’

The RNLI will be holding a two week induction period prior to the start of the lifeguarding season.

The lifeguard service starts on 24 May and runs until 7 September, seven days a week from 10am to 6pm.

Picture caption

The photograph shows Yorkshire’s RNLI lifeguards in 2013. Picture credit: RNLI.

Video courtesy of RNLI

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