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Welcome to the RNLI

Become a lifeguard

You’ll be kitted, trained and paid for your best Summer ever

Work as a lifeguard in Summer 2016

Recruitment for the 2016 season will begin early next year but there are currently a few positions available.

We think that working as an RNLI lifeguard is one of the best Summer jobs going.

It will teach you valuable skills for life, boost your fitness and enable you to train and work with a great team of like-minded people. All this and you’ll be working from the beach, earning a decent hourly rate – and helping to save lives every day.

The role is open to anyone aged 16 or over who has a decent level of fitness. The next steps depend a bit on your experience:

I’m completely new to beach lifeguarding

We’d love to hear from you if you’re fit, healthy and can swim at least 400m. If you haven’t got a current surf lifesaving qualification, please leave your details and we’ll be in touch to tell you where and how you can get qualified.

I already have an internationally recognised beach lifeguard qualification

Great! If you’ve qualified overseas, visit our FAQs to check that your certificate is valid.

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I need some more information

Read through the info on these pages and our FAQs first. If you need any further help please email lifeguardjobs@rnli.org.uk. You can also join in the #BestSummerJob conversation on social media.

Can I volunteer as a lifeguard?

Volunteering is at the heart of the RNLI, so we welcome volunteers to patrol alongside our professional lifeguards and help keep beachgoers safe. It can be a great way for newly qualified lifeguards to gain experience, or for seasoned professionals to donate their time.

You must hold a current, recognised beach lifeguard qualification, and be able to meet RNLI fitness standards. You will carry out full lifeguard duties, including water rescues and patrolling. Once vacancies open, you’ll find volunteer opportunities mapped alongside the paid roles.