The RNLI is looking for new lifeguards to join its team in Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow.

The organisation provides lifeguard cover on local beaches over the summer and is now looking to recruit new lifeguards for this season.

Recruitment is open and applications are being sought. In 2014, lifeguards on these beaches dealt with 57 incidents and assisted 66 people.

Candidates will need to prove they are courageous, selfless, trustworthy and dependable to make the grade and be selected.

While many may think lifeguarding is all about rescues in the water, 95 per cent of the role is preventative, with lifeguards offering beachgoers helpful advice including tide times and any potential hazards to avoid, ensuring everybody has a safe and enjoyable day at the beach.

Amy Sellick, RNLI lifeguard supervisor, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “This is a great opportunity for people wishing to get into lifeguarding and looking for an exciting and challenging job this summer. Working as a lifeguard is fantastically rewarding. Of course it’s incredible to be able to call the beach your office but far more importantly than that, you could save a life and make a difference.”

“The RNLI provides extensive training and the skills you’ll learn will benefit you for the rest of your life. Lifeguarding is also a demanding job requiring commitment, skill and a clear head. We want people with the courage, determination and good sense to draw on their training and make the right decision if someone’s life is in danger.”

The RNLI is looking for individuals who possess an internationally recognised beach lifeguard qualification. Individuals must have a high level of fitness and be a strong swimmer. The minimum entry age is 16.

To find out more, and to see where you can gain a beach lifeguard qualification, click here or contact Amy Sellick on 07920 587414 or email amy_sellick@rnli.org.uk

Pictured: The RNLI Lifeguards on Burnham-On-Sea beach last year