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Beachwatch: The Lifeguards are Back for The Summer Season!

Beachwatch: The Lifeguards are Back for The Summer Season!
Georgia Kolakowski

Lifeguard teams will be taking up their posts on Brighton & Hove seafront this weekend. The 24 new recruits will join Brighton & Hove City Council’s year-round seafront team for the summer season. Lifeguards are essential on the beach as the weather gets warmer and more people travel from far and wide to paddle in Brighton’s open water. Many of the lifeguards will be returning to their post from last year so keep an eye out for any friendly faces!

In preparation for the summer season, the lifeguards have spent this week, and before, getting ready. They have all successfully completed a rigorous beach lifeguard qualification and have had a week-long induction course. The course covered everything from assessing the sea and weather conditions to dealing with beach hazards to first aid and more. From Saturday 26th May until the 9th September, from 9:30 am to 7 pm, the lifeguards will patrol the city’s beaches from the Marina to Hove Lagoon and as far as Saltdean when the school summer holidays come along!

Councillor Alan Robins, the chair of the council’s Tourism, Development and Culture Committee said, “Once again we are delighted to have recruited a dedicated team of lifeguards to patrol our popular beaches. The new lifeguards are committed to supporting our regular seafront officers in ensuring the millions of visitors from all over the world who flock to our beaches every summer return home safe and happy.”

In an average year, Brighton & Hove lifeguard service carry out over 100 water rescues. They have saved many peoples lives over the years. They are there to administer first aid if needed, give safety advice and have reunited hundreds of children with their families.

The city’s seafront team manager, Chris Ingall, said “we’re anticipating a busy time ahead and would ask that as well as having a great time, visitors to the beach behave responsibly by using sunscreen, taking their litter away, and not taking unnecessary risks in the water. If in doubt, always swim between the red and yellow flags and if you have any concerns or need advice, please speak to the lifeguard.”

We have a 50/50 chance of a beautiful bank holiday. The BBC weather app is saying there is a 37% chance of rain on Sunday and guaranteed rain until 1 pm tomorrow. However, why trust an app when you can look out your window! If it is sunny, make sure to say hello to the lifeguards who will be there until the end of summer!

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