The RNLI is in search of new recruits to spend the summer working on some of the south west’s most popular beaches, as applications open for 2018’s beach lifeguards and face to face fundraisers.
Both roles are essential in supporting the RNLI to reduce the number of people who drown on our coasts and to help keep people safe by providing essential local safety advice to the millions of holidaymakers who visit the beaches every summer.
RNLI lifeguards patrol over 240 beaches around the UK and Channel Islands, including Woolacombe, Perranporth, Fistral, Sennen and Bantham*. At the forefront of the RNLI’s lifesaving work, they saved 127 lives and helped 20,538 people in 2016. Successful applicants receive world-class training in search and rescue, lifesaving and casualty care techniques, as well as developing transferable skills.
Abbie Cranage, Area Lifesaving Manager for West Cornwall, said: ‘Working as a lifeguard has got to be one of the best jobs to have – you get to call the beach your office for a start! But far more importantly than that, you are there to make sure the public enjoy it in the safest possible way. With strong career prospects and leadership skills, for many, it’s more than a summer job, with some of the busier beaches patrolled from March until the end of October.
‘This is a demanding job requiring commitment, skill and a clear head. The south-west has some of the busiest beaches in the country. We’re looking for people with courage, determination and the ability to draw on their training and make the right decision if someone’s life is in danger. It is an incredibly rewarding role that involves strong communication skills, talking to members of the public about key coastal activity safety messages and raising awareness of coastal risks.’
The RNLI is also recruiting face-to-face fundraisers, who’ll work alongside lifeguards to provide beach visitors with important safety advice, playing a vital role in saving lives by educating the public on risks at the coast. Applicants will need to be dynamic and act as a positive ambassador – encouraging support for this lifesaving charity is just one of the things these fundraisers will do this summer season.
Hannah Cobb, Face to Face Fundraising Manager for South Devon, West Dorset and Somerset, said: ‘A good fundraiser generally has to be friendly and relaxed, but also energetic, able to talk to anyone and be passionate about what they do.
‘We provide quality training which ensures new fundraisers feel confident and capable in the role. Developing new skills, working in a team at the beach for a national charity is really has to be one of Britain’s best summer jobs.’
Find out more about how you can make a difference and apply to be part of our amazing lifesaving teams at https://summerjobs.rnli.org/ or search for #BestSummerJob on Facebook and Twitter.