Applications open for Wales’ best summer jobs

Monday, 15 January 2018

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The RNLI is in search of new recruits to spend the summer working on some of Wales’ most popular beaches, as applications open for 2018’s beach lifeguards and face to face fundraisers.

Both roles are essential in supporting the RNLI to help keep people safe by providing local safety advice to the millions of holidaymakers who visit the beaches every summer.

The RNLI will be operating a lifeguard service in partnership with local councils and land owners in the Vale, Porthcawl, Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Denbighshire in 2018.

At the forefront of the RNLI’s lifesaving work, lifeguards across the UK saved 127 lives and helped 20,538 people in 2016. Successful applicants receive world-class training in search and rescue, lifesaving and casualty care techniques, as well as developing transferable skills.

Matt Childs, RNLI lifeguard supervisor in south east Wales, said: “Working as a lifeguard has got to be one of the best summer jobs – you get to call the beach your office for a start! But far more importantly than that, you are there to make sure the public enjoy it in the safest possible way.

“This is a demanding job requiring commitment, skill and a clear head. We’re looking for people with courage, determination and the ability to draw on their training and make the right decision if someone’s life is in danger. It is an incredibly rewarding role.”

The RNLI is also recruiting face-to-face fundraisers, who will work alongside lifeguards to provide beach visitors with important safety advice, playing a vital role in saving lives by educating the public on risks at the coast.

Nick Evans, regional face to face fundraising manager, said: “A good fundraiser generally has to be friendly and relaxed, but also energetic, able to talk to anyone and be passionate about what they do.

“We provide quality training which ensures new fundraisers feel confident and capable in the role. Developing new skills, working in a team at the beach for a national charity – it really has to be one of Britain’s best summer jobs.”

Find out how you can make a difference and apply to be part of the lifesaving teams at or search for #BestSummerJob on Facebook and Twitter.

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