About the role
As an RNLI lifeguard, you have a unique opportunity to make a difference to the safety of thousands of beachgoers. In 2019, our lifeguards helped over 29,000 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 £9.50 – £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.
In 2021, we face many uncertainties of local and jurisdictional lockdowns and restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. In order to ensure that we can provide our lifeguard service and support our lifeguards, the RNLI has made provision so that its operational seasonal lifeguards are able to commit to the service with a level of confidence that they will not be significantly financially disadvantaged this summer, no matter what happens. For details of these provisions, please contact your line or recruiting manager.
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.
The training provided by the RNLI is outstanding and invaluable. It has given me the confidence, skill and ability to handle the many varied incidents I've encountered as a beach lifeguard – and as a full-time firefighter in the London Fire Brigade.