Chance to join our ‘baywatch’ team

PEOPLE are being urged to to join a lifesaving unit.

Hartlepool Borough Council has launched a recruitment drive to find lifeguards to cover the beach at Seaton Carew, as well as the Block Sands and Fish Sands on the Headland, during the summer.

A total of seven lifeguards and two lifeguard supervisors are needed to cover weekends, bank holidays and the half-term holiday during the initial period from May 28 up to the start of the school summer holidays in July.

Then for the busier school summer holiday period itself, every day from July 22 to September 4, a total of 13 lifeguards and four lifeguard supervisors are needed to make sure people visiting the town’s beaches are safe.

Council bosses are urging people to come forward if they are good swimmers, alert and observant, and who can cope well in an emergency.

Would-be lifeguards should ideally hold a current National Beach Lifeguard Qualification, but if suitable candidates do not have this standard then they will be given the opportunity to gain the qualification 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 or by email at

They can also log onto or call Debbie Kershaw on (01429) 523412 for an informal chat.

The closing date for applications is Monday, March 7.