Meet our lifeguards
There are fewer lifeguard patrols than usual this summer. For information on how you can stay safe, visit our beach safety page.
A good lifeguard rarely gets wet - 95% of a lifeguard's work is preventative. They monitor sea conditions and set up the appropriate flags, watch the people on the beach and offer safety advice both on the beach and in classrooms through our education programmes.
Most RNLI lifeguards are paid by the relevant local authority to maintain patrols on our busiest beaches, but we also have volunteer lifeguards. Our lifeguard support volunteers help lifeguards with duties on land, such as lookout, radio communications and casualty care.