THREE teenagers are set to help keep Wearside beaches safe next summer.
James Corner, Aston Crawford and Jake Herron, who recently completed a special RNLI course on beach and sea safety, are hoping to secure positions as lifeguards in the coming months.
The RNLI teamed up with the Foundation of Light, the official charity of Sunderland AFC, to run the two-day programme, which covers accident prevention, sea survival and rescue, as well as first aid.
After finishing the course, the teenagers were inspired to complete the National Beach lifeguard qualification with the Royal Life Saving Society.
James, 17, from Washington, has already been patrolling local beaches as a lifeguard, while 16-year-olds Aston and Jake, from Sunderland, plan to apply for similar roles next season.
He said: “I learnt a lot from the Foundation of Light’s two-day course. It really inspired me to pursue it further.”
The free beach and sea safety course is part of the Foundation of Light’s Kicks scheme.
Simon Bristow, RNLI lifeguard supervisor, said: “The course we run with the Foundation of Light is specifically designed to help reduce beach and sea-related accidents among the age group most at risk.”