About the role

As an RNLI lifeguard, you have a unique opportunity to make a difference to the safety of thousands of beachgoers. In 2018, our lifeguards helped over 32,000 people.


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 £9.30 – £11.40* 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.

*2020 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.

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Become a lifeguard
As an RNLI lifeguard you’ll build your work – and life – experience, get good rates of pay and lifesaving skills for the career you want.
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Requirements and training
Being an RNLI lifeguard is a unique and rewarding job that puts you at the frontline of lifesaving – so there are criteria you need to meet in order to apply.
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