Could you become a lifeguard?

THE search is on for this summer’s Hartlepool lifeguards.

Bosses at Hartlepool Borough Council have mounted a recruitment drive for people who think they have what it takes to keep the public safe while at the beach.

The lifeguards would be responsible for the beach at Seaton Carew, as well as the Block Sands and Fish Sands on the Headland.

Three lifeguards and one lifeguard supervisor are needed to cover weekends, bank holidays and the half-term holidays during the initial period from June 2 up to the start of the school summer holidays.

Then for the busier school summer holiday period itself, every day from July 21 to September 2, a total of 18 lifeguards and four lifeguard supervisors are needed.

Lifeguards will be paid £9.22 per hour and lifeguard supervisors will receive £10.17.

Would-be lifeguards should ideally hold a current National Beach Lifeguard qualification, but if suitable candidates don’t have this they will be given full training before starting work.

Debbie Kershaw, the council’s quality and safety officer, said: “It takes a special type of person to be a lifeguard, and the role carries a lot of responsibility.

“You need to be a good swimmer, alert and observant, and a good communicator who can keep a cool head in an emergency.

“We welcome applications from both new candidates and from lifeguards who have worked for us in previous years.”

Application forms and further details are available from the council’s human resources section on (01429) 523331, by emailing HR@hartlepool.gov.uk or at www.northeastjobs.org

For an informal chat, call Ms Kershaw on (01429) 523412.

The deadline for applications is noon on Friday, February 3.