What's good about being a lifeguard?


Lifeguarding opens plenty of doors for professional development – no matter what career you aspire to. 

To help you make the most out of your experience and training, you’ll get to work on a wide range of beaches and finish the summer with new qualifications and transferable skills. 


You’ll earn a salary as an RNLI lifeguard which, depending on your role, can range from £11 to £13.05* per hour.

Whereas availability for the whole season, which you are applying for, is essential to running a lifeguard service, we recognise that you might have other commitments, such as family care or shift work with another employer, as well as pre-arranged holidays. We are open to working flexibly around these.

*2022 rates


Throughout your time as a lifeguard, you’ll undergo an extensive training programme to build your skills – from how to handle equipment on the beach, to first aid and casualty care – and you’ll receive continuous, on-the-job training.

Hear from our lifeguards

  • Margot Lawrence in her RNLI hat standing on a beach
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    Margot Lawrence, RNLI Lifeguard

    'Lifeguarding is the best job ever. I get to work on the beach all summer, with a great team of people. I’ve gained invaluable skills that are going to help me so much in life. And when we’ve done what we’re there to do – saving a life – that’s a really good feeling. Definitely 100% glad I applied.'

  • Become a Lifeguard
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    Become a lifeguard

    As an RNLI lifeguard you'll be a frontline lifesaver. You'll gain both work and life skills and earn good rates of pay. See if you have what it takes.

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