Seasonal Beach Lifeguard Patrol Boat Coxswain

Posted on 22 February 2022
  • Directorate BHCC: Economy Environment & Culture
  • Salary £20,092
  • Contract Fixed Term
  • Closing Date This vacancy has closed


The Seafront Office, 141 Kings Road Arches

Job Summary

  • Job reference
  • Positions available
  • Working hours
    37 hours per week
  • Closing date

    This vacancy has closed

  • Job category
  • Organisation
    Brighton & Hove City Council

Job introduction

Seasonal Beach Lifeguard Patrol Boat Coxswain – Brighton & Hove beaches

We are currently recruiting a Patrol Boat Coxswain to assist the lifeguards working on the world famous Brighton and Hove bathing beaches during our summer season until 4th September.


About the role

With over 11 million visitors to Brighton & Hove each year, you will play a major part in keeping our beaches safe and enjoyable for all who use them.

In a typical summer season our Lifeguard & Seafront Team have responded to 134 incidents saving 46 lives and reunited 45 missing persons – it’s fair to say no day is the same, you will face challenges and you will make the difference in keeping people safe.

The role is high pressured and will require a high level of emotional resilience.

You will spend your day on the water for up to 8 hours, patrolling the coastline and offering assistance and protection to the Beach Lifeguard Team, assisting swimmers and advising all water users of the local bathing byelaws.

You will need substantial experience operating a patrol or safety semi ridged inflatable in a coastal environment, a minimum of a RYA power boat level 2 qualification and a Marine VHF Licence is desirable (DSC rating not required). You will need excellent customer service skills and should hold or be willing to obtain/train for the SLSGB beach lifeguard qualification or 1st Aid qualification or substantial transferable skills and experience. Basic boat maintenance is also desirable.

You will also be required to attend in house training throughout the season if recruited.

Fixed Term & Casual Contracts (23th May 2022 - 4th September 2022)


Casual contracts will be considered to compliment the service dependent on commitment to hours as will late starters.

The service is 7 days per week including weekends and public holidays.

Recruitment Process:

If your application is successfully shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an assessment day/interview which will also involve a swim test.

If you are successful you will join a large team who are dedicated to ensuring the safety of residents and visitors who come to our beaches.

Queries regarding this vacancy, please contact The Seafront Team at:


01273 292715

As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and upload a supporting statement. Your supporting statement is the most important part of your application as it will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Supporting statement guidance ( as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.

Additional information

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.

Work Permits: This role does not meet the requirement for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Successful candidates will need to evidence that they have the Right to Work in the UK.

Company information

Encouraging a diverse workforce

Our city is known and loved for its diversity. Not only is the mixture of people, culture and skills vital to the economic and social development of the city, it's what makes Brighton & Hove such a great place to live, work and visit. We are committed to developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the diverse communities we serve so we welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds. In order to achieve our aims of proportionate representation, we particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, male or trans.

Find out more about our commitment to being a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone can achieve their potential by reading about our fair and inclusive actions, our anti-racism strategy and the work we are doing to encourage a diverse workforce (

We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, LGB, female or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce. 

Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.


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