Search for lifeguards to patrol Hartlepool’s beaches

Hartlepool lifeguards pictured during their training session at Seaton Carew.
Hartlepool lifeguards pictured during their training session at Seaton Carew.

THE search is on for lifesavers to patrol Hartlepool’s beaches this summer.

Hartlepool Council’s recruitment drive is underway for this year’s beach lifeguards, to cover the beach at Seaton Carew as well as the Block Sands and Fish Sands on the Headland.

A total of three lifeguards and one lifeguard supervisor are needed to cover weekends, bank holidays and the half term holiday during the initial period from Saturday, May 23, up to the start of the school summer holidays.

Then for the busier school summer holiday period itself – every day from Saturday, July 18 to Tuesday, September 1 - a total of 18 lifeguards and six lifeguard supervisors are required.

Lifeguards will be paid £9.52 per hour and lifeguard supervisors will receive £10.50.

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 to gain it 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.”

Application forms and further details are available from the council’s Human Resources section on (01429) 523331 or by e-mail at or on the internet at

For an informal chat, call Debbie on (01429) 523412. The closing date for applications is 12pm on Wednesday, January 28.