Lifeguards: Scarborough - Scarborough to Filey

Lifeguards: Scarborough - Scarborough to Filey

11.50 to 13.64 per hour
Contract type
Temporary: Seasonal or Casual/Ad hoc
typically up to 40 hours per week
Lifeguard Region
Yorkshire and The Humber
Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England
Closing Date
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Join the RNLI Lifeguard Team and Help Save Lives at Sea!

About Us:

Since 1824, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has been dedicated to saving lives at sea. We are committed to ensuring the safety of beachgoers and providing a vital lifeline for those who find themselves in danger of drowning.

The beach is a wonderful place for fun and fresh air, but the sea's unpredictability can catch visitors off guard. At the beach, every second counts, making it essential to have someone on the shore who can spot potential dangers, prevent accidents, and respond instantly if needed.

About the Role:

As an RNLI lifeguard, you will play a crucial role in keeping beachgoers safe by:

  • Sharing safety advice with beachgoers to prevent incidents (95% of the work is preventative).
  • Responding to first aid incidents and assisting with missing/found persons.
  • Providing a swift rescue response to anyone in difficulty.

Our lifeguard responsibilities vary depending on the beach location. We cover over 240 beaches across the UK and the Channel Islands, each with its unique characteristics and challenges. Lifeguards operate from static beach lifeguard units with mobile patrols. You'll use rescue boards, tubes, and, depending on the beach, may also utilize ATVs, four-wheel drives, RWCs, and IRBs.

We offer four lifeguard levels, from newly qualified to Senior Lifeguard. We provide the training, skills, and development opportunities needed for your growth. Lifeguarding with us equips you with valuable skills for your future career, whether within the RNLI or elsewhere.

Grade 1: Ideal for beginners, no prior lifesaving experience required.

Grade 2: For experienced lifeguards with a minimum of 300 operational hours.

Grade 3 and Senior Lifeguards: Requires a minimum of 1,000 operational hours and solid beach lifeguard experience. These positions are for individuals aged 18+ with a strong understanding of the beach and surf environment.

About You:

Being an RNLI lifeguard is both challenging and rewarding. No two days are the same, and to excel in this role, you should be:

  • Focused, vigilant, and proactive.
  • Approachable and passionate about helping people stay safe.
  • Professional with excellent people and rescue skills.
  • Hold a National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ), ILS Beach/Surf Lifeguard award, or equivalent.
  • Pass fitness and competency tests and meet health and eyesight requirements, as the job can be physically demanding.

If you don't have the necessary lifeguard qualification, you can still apply. Just let us know your plan for obtaining it.

The RNLI is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Rigorous checks, including enhanced DBS checks, will be conducted for successful applicants. Suitability to work with children may also be explored during the interview.

If you meet the above requirements and have a passion for helping others through supervision, education, and rescue, we invite you to join our team this season!

Season dates

Please find below indicative season dates for your area. In additions to these dates, you'll also be required to attend an induction before the season starts, options and dates for induction can be discussed during the interview.

  • Full Season: 4 May to 1 Sept 
  • Peak Season: 6 July to 1 Sept

Please note

Due to the high volume of applications, some lifeguard areas may close vacancies before the official closing date, so apply today!

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore any offer of employment will be subject to an enhanced criminal records check.


The RNLI is committed to safeguarding; ensuring the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk.  We expect all employees and volunteers to share this commitment and have a zero tolerance approach to proven incidents of bullying, abuse, harassment  or exploitation.  The suitability of all prospective employees and volunteers will be assessed during the recruitment process in line with this commitment. This will include relevant criminal record checks being carried out dependent on the eligibility of the role. (England & Wales; DBS check, Scotland; Disclosure Scotland PVG, Northern Ireland; Access NI, Republic of Ireland; Garda Vetting; International, International Child Protection Certificate process).

Diversity at the RNLI

Our staff and volunteers have been saving lives at sea without prejudice for nearly 200 years. We respect and value diversity of background, skills and perspectives within our teams, and consider it essential to help us deliver a world-class lifesaving service. We are an inclusive organisation and welcome applications from everyone. In addition to having the skills needed for the role, we also look for applicants who share our commitment to living our RNLI values (trustworthy, courageous, selfless, and dependable), and helping us work towards Our Vision: To save Every One.