Lifeguards ready for action

LIFEGUARDS will complete their training programme this week before starting to patrol the beaches over the summer.

Hartlepool lifeguards will be put through their final paces this Thursday before they start to patrol the beaches at Seaton Carew and the Headland’s Block Sands and Fish Sands.

The lifeguards and lifeguard supervisors will patrol during the weekends, bank holidays and half-term holiday, from June 2 up to the start of the school summer holidays, then every day from July 21 to September 2.

Four lifeguards will be on duty at Seaton, and a further four on the Headland.

To prepare them for the role, the lifeguards have undergone extensive training and they all hold the National Beach Lifeguard Qualification.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s quality and safety officer, Debbie Kershaw, said: “We had an excellent response to our recruitment drive earlier this year.

“We are pleased to welcome some new faces as well as the return of many of the people who have served as lifeguards in previous years.

“It’s an extremely important job and we are delighted to see the lifeguards ready to start work following their rigorous training.”

The lifeguards will be using rescue equipment including a four-wheel drive vehicle, a jet ski and a quadbike.