Recruits wanted for Brid’s Baywatch

Two of last year's Bridlington lifeguards Nick Holbrook and Christie Milner.

Two of last year's Bridlington lifeguards Nick Holbrook and Christie Milner.

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THE RNLI is looking for lifeguards to patrol Bridlington’s beaches this summer.

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

A key part of a lifeguard’s job is to spot dangers before they develop, with 95% of the role preventative.

Chris Ward, RNLI 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, first aid and casualty care and other competencies such as how to use Rescue Water Crafts.”

Lifeguards offer friendly and helpful advice, ensuring that people have a safe an enjoyable visit to the seaside. 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 February 16 to 21 and in Bridlington from April 1 to 6.

Councillor Jane Evison, East Riding Council’s portfolio holder for tourism, added: “The council is delighted to be working in partnership with RNLI. Lifeguards do a great job helping to protect people in the East Riding. We strongly support the RNLI’s recruitment campaign and urge people to come forward.”

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

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

For more information about how to apply to become an RNLI lifeguard please visit www.rnli.org/lifeguards or, for more information contact Matt Jones, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor at matt_jones@rnli.org.uk