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 £9.90 to £11.86* 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.
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, 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
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.