New lifeguards hit Brid’s beaches for summer

New lifeguards on Bridlington beach
New lifeguards on Bridlington beach

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution has recruited six new lifeguards to join their beach safety patrols across the East Riding.

The charity, in partnership with East Riding Council, will again be providing the lifeguard cover on Bridlington North and South beaches from May 25 to September 8.

Earlier this month, the new recruits successfully completed their National Beach Lifeguard qualification, which all RNLI lifeguards must hold.

Once qualified, the candidates underwent stringent fitness and competency tests, which ranged from timed paddleboard rescues, sea swims and beach sprints before completing an interview and passing a medical. The new recruits, ranging in age from 16 to 20, will complement last year’s returning lifeguards.

RNLI lifeguard manager Chris Ward said: “The new lifeguards are a great bunch who battled through less than favourable weather conditions and pushed themselves to the limit to secure their roles with the RNLI.

“I’m really pleased to welcome them to the team and hope they’ll have a fantastic summer keeping the East Riding’s beaches safe.”

Hornsea and Withernsea beaches are also monitored.