The RNLI is in search of new recruits to spend a season working on some of Northern Ireland’s most popular beaches, as applications open for 2020 beach lifeguards.
At the forefront of the RNLI’s lifesaving work, the charity’s lifeguards who seasonally patrol 11 beaches along the Causeway Coast and in County Down, responded to 283 incidents and came to the aid of 252 people in 2018. 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 skills for a future career.
Karl O’Neill, RNLI Lead Lifeguard Supervisor, says: “Working as a lifeguard is a unique and rewarding experience – 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 stay safe while enjoying their visit, 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. It is an incredibly rewarding role.”
And it’s not just on the beach where lifeguarding skills can be put into practice. The training provided by the charity can be an ideal first step towards many career paths, including continuing to work for the RNLI or for a career in the emergency services.
Find out more about how you can make a difference and apply to be part of our amazing lifesaving team at rnli.org/BeALifeguard