Courageous, determined, decision makers wanted for Exmouth’s RNLI summer lifeguard team

If you have courage, determination and can make the right decision if someone’s life is in danger, the RNLI wants to hear from you.

The RNLI is recruiting lifeguards to patrol  Exmouth, Sandy Bay, Dawlish Warren and Teignmouth beaches this summer

The sea safety charity’s lifesaving service welcomes applications from young people at the start of their career or those looking for a change, or who need flexibility to fit in with other commitments.

The RNLI is keen to hear from ‘talented people regardless of age or life situation’.

Successful applicants receive world-class training in search and rescue, lifesaving and casualty care techniques, good rates of pay and the chance to develop valuable and transferable skills. 

Henry Irvine, RNLI lead lifeguard supervisor, said: “Working as a lifeguard is an incredibly rewarding role. You are there to make sure the public stay safe while enjoying their visit to the beach, and ultimately to help save lives at sea.

“This is a demanding job requiring commitment, skill and a clear head, but it’s also a job that is truly life changing.

“We’re looking for people with courage, determination and the ability to put their training into action and make the right decision if someone’s life is in danger.”

The training provided by the charity can be a first step towards career paths in the emergency services, including continuing to work for the RNLI.

Mr Irvine said: “Lifeguarding is a perfect role for someone who enjoys being part of a team, who likes talking to and helping people, someone who likes being and working outdoors and has some experience of the beach and sea environment.

“Our lifeguard teams are made up of diverse a mix of ages, genders and backgrounds which mean the team can draw on individual skills or attributes to face any number of different situations and learn from each other.

“Those coming from other professions or at a different stage in their lives often have more tools in their armoury to deal with difficult or unusual situations and are a particularly valuable asset to the team, so we hope to attract talented people regardless of age or life situation.”

In 2018 the charity’s lifeguards responded to almost 12,500 incidents and helped more than 14,000 people on beaches across the South West.

The RNLI is recruiting lifeguards for Exmouth and South Devon.

Find out more about how to join the RNLI lifesaving team here.


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