THE Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is running a crash course on beach lifeguarding in Burnham-on-Sea.

New lifeguards will be recruited by the RNLI in the new year, but in order to be considered, applicants must hold a national vocational beach lifeguarding qualification.

The course taking place over the October half-term will provide this key credential to those looking to join the RNLI.

It will cover crucial first-aid training, as well as the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to carry out the job at a swimming pool or beach.

A spokesperson for the RNLI said: "Candidates who pass the course will then be in a strong position to join the RNLI lifeguard team next summer."

Those successful in their efforts to become an RNLI lifeguard will benefit from world-class lifesaving training, good rates of pay, the possibility of flexible working patterns, and opportunities to develop valuable skills for a future career in whichever sector they wish.

Brett Schofield, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, said: "Earlier this year we ran a successful lifeguard course for four local candidates - they all went on to work as lifeguards this summer and keep Burnham-On-Sea and Brean safe alongside the beach wardens.

"The skills they developed through the lifeguard course and the RNLI training were really put into action.

"This year we dealt with a range of both major and minor first aids and rescues.

"It’s very rewarding to put new skills and knowledge to the test, and to help the public.

"Our lifeguards range from teenagers all the way up to lifesavers in their 70s.

"As long as you meet the fitness requirements and you are over 16 years old, there could be a role for you.

"The job also has great paths for progression - we have lifeguards who have been working for the RNLI for years, both on the beach and as part of our support teams, and the skills you gain can make an ideal first step towards many careers.

"It’s a great opportunity whether you want a rewarding summer job or to pursue a career in lifesaving."

The course will take place every day from October 21 until October 27, at Burnham-on-Sea beach.

Due to limited space, only those hoping to work on beaches around the Burnham-on-Sea area will be accepted onto the course.

For more information on the lifeguard course and joining the lifeguard team in Somerset, contact Brett Schofield on: 07974 852230 or email: or