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Be a lifeguard

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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Lifeguard vacancies 2016

Recruitment for the 2016 season will begin early next year.


To work as an RNLI lifeguard, you must be at least 16 years of age and hold and maintain a valid surf lifesaving qualification. You will also need a high level of fitness.

Here are a number of videos showing fitness and competency tests, to give you a clearer picture of what’s required to be an RNLI lifeguard.

If you haven’t got a current lifeguard qualification please click here to leave your details and we will tell you where and how you can get qualified.

If you have got a current lifeguard qualification then please register your details (see left) and sign up to receive email alerts to tell you when applications are being received for the 2016 season.


Volunteer lifeguards

Are you a newly qualified lifeguard looking for some practical experience? Or are you 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. See where the current lifeguarding volunteer opportunities are by viewing the map, which can be found by clicking on 'view jobs on map' above.