22 May 2015

City lifeguards take up their posts

Teams of lifeguards will take up their posts on Brighton & Hove’s beaches this weekend kicking off the summer season.

The 30 new recruits will joining Brighton & Hove City Council’s seafront team, to help ensure millions of visitors enjoy a safe and happy time on the beach this summer. Many of the lifeguards will be familiar to regular beach goers as they return to the job they enjoyed last year.

The new lifeguards have spent this week preparing for the summer season, when they will patrol the city’s beaches from the Marina to Hove Lagoon.

The team, of male and female lifeguards, have all successfully completed a beach lifeguard qualification and a week-long induction course acquiring a wide range of skills from assessing sea and weather conditions and dealing with beach hazards, to carrying out first aid and water rescues.

During an average year Brighton & Hove’s lifeguards carry out more than 100 water rescues, and save many lives. They also administer first aid to around 250 beach goers, give safety advice to around 10,000 people and reunite hundreds of children with their families.

Easy to spot in their red and yellow uniforms, the lifeguards will be on duty each day from 9.30am to 7pm, supporting the council’s year round seafront team.

The council’s Able & Willing supported employment business has created the new uniforms from an in-house design.

Councillor Alan Robins, deputy chair of the Economic Development and Culture Committee, said: “Once again we are delighted to have recruited a dedicated team of lifeguards to patrol our popular beaches.

“The new lifeguards are committed to supporting our regular seafront officers in ensuring the millions of visitors from all over the world who flock to our beaches every summer return home safe and happy.”