Exmouth Beach Rescue Club are running an intensive beach lifeguard course in October with support from the RNLI, providing participants with the opportunity to gain the essential lifeguard qualifications needed to apply to work as a lifeguard for the charity.
Interested parties are invited to attend a weeklong course to achieve the Surf Life Saving Beach Lifeguard Qualification, an essential requirement for anyone applying for a position as an RNLI lifeguard. The course will run from Saturday, October 23 and finish with an exam on Friday, October 29.
It will combine practical and theory sessions to cover beach safety operating procedures, hazard awareness, accident prevention, first aid including CPR, and pool and open water rescue skills including sea rescues using equipment such as rescue tubes and rescue boards.
Julian Smart, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor for East Devon told the Devon Week: ‘We’re extremely grateful to Exmouth Beach Rescue Club for running the course, its open to everyone, but we’re especially keen to encourage people living in the East Devon area who might be interested in working for the RNLI on the beaches in Exmouth, Teignmouth and Dawlish. Gaining your beach lifeguard qualification now means you can apply to become a RNLI lifeguard as soon as the online applications open for the 2011 season in December and if successful, secure your place early.”
Places on the courses will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Potential applicants must demonstrate a high level of fitness and be able to swim 400m in under seven-and-a-half minutes and run 200m on the beach 40 seconds. To secure a place, contact Julian on 07900 918 147 or email Julian_Smart@rnli.org.uk
The course will cost £150 and covers membership to Surf Life Saving Great Britain, along with the cost of the training manual and examination fees.
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