RNLI lifeguards will start patroling six popular family beaches on Saturday 25 June on the North Coast. These are the charity's first lifeguards in Northern Ireland.

The RNLI has started its search for new lifeguards to patrol Northern Ireland’s 10 beaches this summer, as part of its ‘Best Summer Job’ campaign by opening beach lifeguard recruitment online.

New recruits will be kitted, paid and trained to patrol 10 beaches located on the North Antrim coast and in Co. Down. RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Karl O’Neill said: “We’re looking for strong swimmers who can swim 400m with a good level of fitness aged over 16 years old. If you have the raw ability and the will to learn we can help get you fit and qualified.”

Lifeguards include college and university students, teachers, stay-at-home parents, business owners and gap-year travellers, all looking to do something special with their summer.

O’Neill added: “The experience you’ll gain this summer as an RNLI beach lifeguard will stay with you for life. You’ll work with an inspiring team and make lifelong friends while getting the chance to improve your physical fitness and learn new skills.

“There’s nothing better than making the beach your office, getting paid to train and knowing you have the first aid and rescue skills to save someone’s life at a moment’s notice. It’s the best job you’ll ever have.”

Click here to find out more about working as a lifeguard this summer, or email lifeguardjobs@rnli.org.uk for more details.