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RNLI lifeguards seasonally patrol 11 beaches along the Causeway Coast and in Co Down

IT may be less Baywatch and more Murlough Bay, but strong swimmers dreaming of a career on the beach should dry off their CVs as RNLI are searching for new lifeguards.

The charity has promised successful applicants will receive "world-class training in search and rescue, lifesaving and casualty care techniques" and the paid position will help "develop valuable skills for a future career".

RNLI lifeguards, who seasonally patrol 11 beaches along the Causeway Coast and in Co Down, responded to 283 incidents and came to the aid of 252 people in 2018.

Karl O'Neill, lead lifeguard supervisor, said the work 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.

"This is a demanding job requiring commitment, skill and a clear head, but it's also a job that is truly 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. It is an incredibly rewarding role."

More information can be found at rnli.org/BeALifeguard

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