Lifeguards ready for a busy Bank Holiday weekend

Brighton and Hove's seafront team
Brighton and Hove's seafront team

Teams of lifeguards will take up their posts on Brighton and Hove’s beaches this weekend, as the summer season kicks in.

New recruits are joining Brighton and Hove City Council’s year-round seafront team from Saturday, May 27, until mid-September, to keep the millions of visitors to the city safe on the seafront.

The beach lifeguards patrol the city’s beaches from Brighton Marina to Hove Lagoon and as far as Saltdean during the summer school break.

The team of lifeguards, aged 17 to 55, have all completed a rigorous beach lifeguard qualification and a week-long induction course acquiring a wide range of skills from assessing sea and weather conditions and dealing with beach hazards, to carrying out first aid and water rescues.

Brighton and Hove City Council said last year, its seafront team saved 33 lives and gave help or safety advice to over 27,000 people.

The city’s seafront team manager Chris Ingall, said: “With the weather looking good this weekend and into the school half term holidays 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.”