Plea for lifesavers: 'It doesn't feel like a job because I enjoy it so much'

RNLI lifeguards responded to more than 18,000 incidents in 2022.

Plea for lifesavers: ‘It doesn’t feel like a job because I enjoy it so much’ RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has issued a plea for new beach lifesavers in Scotland.

The charity is calling on budding lifeguards to apply as part of a recruitment drive ahead of the summer to become beach lifeguards.

In 2022, RNLI lifeguards responded to more than 18,000 incidents, with more than 24,000 people in need helped and 117 lives saved.

Incidents include swimmers being rescued from powerful currents and children being saved after being blown offshore in inflatables.

As part of the job, lifesaving CPR is delivered on beaches during thousands of incidents attended by crews.

The RNLI say successful applicants will receive world-class lifesaving training and develop valuable skills for a future career.

Current lifeguards range from teenagers to people in their 70s, say the lifeboat service.

Lachlan Edwards, lead lifeguard supervisor for Scotland said: “To anyone thinking of becoming a lifeguard, just do it.

“It’s the best job, it’s so rewarding, and it keeps getting better – there’s so much opportunity for growth in the role.

“I love being outside on the beach all summer and sharing my knowledge with people. It often doesn’t feel like a job because I enjoy it so much, which is something a lot of lifeguards say.”

 Lee Fisher, lifeguard experience manager said: “Beach lifeguarding is a great opportunity and a very rewarding role that changes lives – including your own – all whilst enjoying the beach as your office.

“Our lifeguards range from teenagers all the way up to lifesavers in their 70s, as long as you meet the fitness requirements and you are over 16 years old, there could be a role for you.

“The job also has great paths for progression – we have lifeguards who have been working for the RNLI for years, both on the beach and as part of our support teams, and the skills you gain can make an ideal first step towards many careers.

“It’s a great opportunity whether you want a rewarding summer job or to pursue a career in lifesaving.”

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