VIDEO: Hartlepool lifeguards ready for summer season

LIFEGUARDS practised their lifesaving skills as they prepared for another summer on Hartlepool’s beaches.

Members of Hartlepool Lifeguards performed mock sea rescues using their high-powered jet ski and rescue boards down at Seaton Carew beach yesterday.

Hartlepool lifeguards pictured during their training session at Seaton Carew.

Hartlepool lifeguards pictured during their training session at Seaton Carew.

They included a number of new recruits who will be keeping a close eye on beach users over the summer months to make sure they stay safe.

Debbie Kershaw, the Council’s quality and safety officer, who trains and oversees the lifeguards, said: “Lifeguards need to be observant and be able to anticipate problems and have good communication skills and public relations.

“We try to be pro-active and we hope to prevent accidents happening rather than having to deal with them if possible so we give a lot of safety advice to the public.”
Debbie said the key safety messages are for swimmers to stay within the yellow flags and not to go in the water when the red flags are flying.

The lifeguards will be on duty from Saturday, July 20 to September 2, at Seaton beach and the Headland’s Fish Sands and Block Sands.

They are operational on weekends, Bank Holidays and full time during the Whit Holidays and Summer Holidays, between 10am-6pm.