Lifeguards patrol the city’s beaches from the end of May until the end of the school holidays in September.

During this time there are up to 26 seasonal beach lifeguards patrolling the beach. Our lifeguard service also has a patrol boat.

Please contact the Seafront Office for exact times and beach locations of the service.

For information on how to stay safe on the beach, read our page on sea safety.

What do lifeguards do?

Lifeguards safeguard people who use the sea and Brighton & Hove beaches. Lifeguards also provide assistance with:

  • first aid
  • finding lost children
  • tourist information, and
  • enforcing by-laws.

They can also provide wristbands for children to help keep them safe whilst on the beach.

How to become a lifeguard

Recruitment for lifeguards for summer 2017 has now closed.

Future posts will be advertised on our jobs pages. You can sign up for notifications.

The recruitment process involves an interview and a swim test, you'll need to be able to complete a timed swim of 400 metres in 7 minutes 30 seconds or less. All Brighton & Hove lifeguards are trained to hold a current National Beach Lifeguard qualification.

The 2017 lifeguard team age range was from 16 to 55 and come from diverse backgrounds.


lifeguard on the beach

Lifeguard training and courses

If you're interested in training and courses for the qualification out of season then the Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club is a great place to learn all about sea safety, sea and fitness skills as well as a nippers club to get the kids involved.