Lifeguard recruitment drive for Sunderland’s beaches

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SAFETY chiefs are looking for life-saving Wearsiders to help patrol Sunderland’s shores this summer.

The RNLI runs the lifeguard service on behalf of Sunderland City Council, covering three beaches, and wants people to come on board.

The crucial role of the lifeguards is to spot dangers before they develop – 95 per cent of their job is preventative.

Carl Harris, RNLI lifeguard manager, said: “We have a core of returning lifeguards each year who really enjoy the seasonal work and they are very proud to work for the RNLI.

“They get the opportunity to make friends for life whilst doing a job which is important to the community.

“The lifeguards are trained to a very high standard in lifeguard skills, first aid and casualty care and other competencies such as how to use rescue water crafts.”

The RNLI will be running inductions for successful candidates between March 23 and April 7, May 13 to 24 and July 2 to 13.

The minimum age for applicants is 16, and candidates must have a high fitness level.

The RNLI lifeguards are paid and are able to work up to 48 hours per week.

Carl added: “The ideal applicant will already hold an international lifesaving approved beach lifeguard award, but if candidates need to get qualified we can put them in touch with local lifesaving clubs which provide courses.”

RNLI lifeguards need to be on the beach at all times during patrolled hours, ready to respond to emergencies and prevent accidents.

It can’t rely on volunteers, who make up 95 per cent of the charity, to provide cover seven days a week.

Since it was founded in 1824, RNLI lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 139,000 lives

For more information about how to apply to become an RNLI lifeguard, tel. 536 9158.

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