Search is on for lifeguards

An RNLI lifeguard in action.
An RNLI lifeguard in action.

The RNLI is on the lookout for lifeguards to patrol Scarborough’s beaches during the busy summer season.

The charity is encouraging suitable candidates to sign up for the role, which will involve protecting bathers in the town’s North and South Bays.

In partnership with Scarborough Borough Council, the RNLI is also looking for cover in Whitby, Sandsend and Filey.

Chris Ward, RNLI divisional lifeguard manager, said: “We have a core of returning lifeguards each year who really enjoy the seasonal work and they are very proud to work for the RNLI.

“They get the opportunity to make friends for life whilst doing a job which is important to the community.

“The lifeguards are trained to a very high standard in lifeguard skills, casualty care and other competencies such as how to use Rescue Water Crafts.”

The charity will be running lifeguard courses for candidates in Scarborough from February 16 to 21 and in Bridlington from April 1 to 6.

Cllr David Chance, the borough council’s cabinet member for tourism and culture, said: “The RNLI lifeguards do a brilliant job on our beaches and are a terrific reassurance for the thousands of people who flock to the seaside each summer.

“We value their work tremendously and I would encourage anyone with the necessary skills to apply.”

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

The service starts on May 25 and runs until September 8, seven days-a-week from 10am to 6pm.

Scarborough Borough Council part funds the RNLI’s costs, which helps to meet the cost of the lifeguards’ wages.

The partnership to deliver the service with the RNLI throughout the summer has been a huge success since it was introduced by the authority in 2009.

For more information on how to apply to become an RNLI lifeguard visit www.rnli.org/lifeguards.

To learn more about lifeguard courses contact Matt Jones, RNLI lifeguard supervisor, by emailing matt_jones@rnli.org.uk.