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Welcome to the RNLI

Be a lifeguard

This year, you could work on the beach, keeping the public safe. Read on to see if you've got what it takes...

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To work as an RNLI lifeguard, you must hold and maintain a valid surf lifesaving qualification. You will also need a high level of fitness.

Before starting your application, take a look at the requirements here. We've also produced a number of videos showing fitness and competency tests, to give you a clearer picture of what's required.

If you think you've got what it takes, we look forward to hearing from you! If you've applied with us before, log in using the same email address and password and your details will automatically appear in your new application. If this is your first time applying, you will need to register your details.

Volunteer lifeguards

Are you a newly qualified lifeguard looking for some practical experience? Or an experienced lifeguard looking to help out in your free time?

The RNLI is a volunteer-based organisation funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions. We encourage volunteers to patrol alongside our professional lifeguards to help keep beachgoers safe.

Our volunteer lifeguards must hold a current and recognised beach lifeguard qualification, and be able to meet the RNLI fitness standards. They carry out full lifeguarding duties, including water-based rescue and patrolling. Apply here from 1 February 2014.