Charity on the look out for lifeguards for peak season

RNLI lifeguard training. Picture by Nigel Millard/RNLI.
RNLI lifeguard training. Picture by Nigel Millard/RNLI.

Lifeguards are being sought to protect the borough’s beaches during the peak season.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is looking for people who are interested in becoming summer lifeguards to join the team during the peak season from May 23.

Working as an RNLI lifeguard is a highly varied job and lifeguards can be called upon to deal with anything, from locating missing children through to performing major first aid procedures and lifesaving rescues.

The charity’s lifeguards must hold an internationally recognised lifesaving qualification.

To help potential candidates who do not hold the relevant certificates, the RNLI will be running a Royal Lifesaving Society Beach Lifeguard (RLSS) course in Sunderland.

The six day training course will take place from Sunday, April 12, to Friday, April 17, and the assessment day is on Sunday, April 19.

Modules within the training programme include pool skills, lifeguard theory, open water swimming and basic life support and first aid.

The minimum age for applicants is 16 and candidates must have a high level of general fitness.

Simon Bristow, RNLI lifeguard supervisor, said: “RNLI lifeguards develop life-enhancing skills and it really is a summer job with a difference – one moment you could be offering safety advice to beach users and the next performing major first aid.

“Our lifeguards earn a competitive rate of pay and there’s the added bonus of knowing that you’re fulfilling a vital and worthwhile role within the community.”

For more information about the lifeguard course and how to apply, please call Simon Bristow, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, on (0191) 5369158 or email