Are you looking for a summer job?

The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) is searching for new recruits to spend a season on Tyne and Wear's most popular beaches.

The charity has now opened applications for the 2019 season, with successful candidates receiving training in search and rescue, lifesaving and casualty techniques.

Carl Harris, RNLI area lifesaving manager, said: "Working as a lifeguard is a unique and rewarding experience – 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 stay safe while enjoying their visit, and ultimately to help save lives at sea."

RNLI lifeguards responded to over 15,500 incidents and helped over 24,000 people in 2017.

The job requires commitment, skill and clear head, Carl said, but is also life changing.

"We’re looking for people with courage, determination and the ability to put their training into action and make the right decision if someone’s life is in danger," he said. "It is an incredibly rewarding role."

The training can also provide a first step towards many careers, including working within the RNLI or other emergency services.

Former RNLI lifeguard Sandi Jose is now a trained paramedic.

Read More

Today's other news stories

She said: "If you enjoy working in a team, enjoy a challenging and changing environment, have the ability to think quickly under pressure, like helping others, and have the fitness to do the role then don’t think twice...it’s a job you will love."

Find out more about how you can make a difference and apply visit: rnli.org/BeALifeguard