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RNLI on the lookout for new lifesavers in Somerset

RNLI lifeguards are planning to return to Burnham-on-Sea and Berrow beaches on Saturday 2 July with the hope of providing an additional lifeguarding service at Brean beach.

The charity is encouraging anybody who likes the thought of having a beach as their office to get involved and attend a taster session this Saturday (23 April).

The RNLI currently provides a lifeguarding service across two beaches in the Sedgemoor area during the peak summer season which starts on Saturday 2 July and runs until Sunday 4 September. There is also a two-week induction period prior to the beaches opening, which involves world-class lifesaving training, fitness testing and advanced first aid. The RNLI offers very good rates of pay and helps to develop valuable skills for a future career.

If you would like to find out more information about the RNLI’s beach lifeguarding service and are interested in applying, Luke Penman, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor for North Devon and Somerset, is putting on a taster day this Saturday (23 April) at Burnham-on-Sea Lifeboat station at 10am.

Luke will also be running a full beach lifeguard course in May (through a surf lifesaving club) where people can gain the accredited lifeguard qualification, valid for two years. The course will take place at Burnham-on-Sea across three weekends (14-15 May, 21-22 May, 28-29 May) which includes the assessment day on Sunday 29 May.

Matt Whitley, RNLI Lead Lifeguard Supervisor for North Devon says: ‘Lifeguarding is a really unique and rewarding role. You can gain some invaluable skills and training whilst working on the beach and being part of an incredible team. If you enjoy working in a challenging environment, have the ability to work under pressure and you like helping others, it really is a job you will love.’

The demand for an additional lifeguarded beach is evident in the statistics for 2021 where RNLI figures reveal that lifeguards covering the south west dealt with 11,216 incidents, aided 13,664 people and saved 57 lives. In comparison to 2019, the last full season unaffected by covid restrictions, RNLI lifeguards dealt with 10,527 incidents, aided 13,069 people and saved 69 lives.

The RNLI is urging anyone visiting the coast this summer to make sure they always choose a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags.

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Grant Application Kings Coronation Form

The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III will take place on Saturday 6th May 2023, with an additional bank holiday on Monday 8th May 2023.

We are keen to hear from groups/organisations in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge that are looking to celebrate the Coronation. The Town Council has £1500 available to allocate to events being organised to celebrate the Kings Coronation. The maximum grant to be allocated per event will be £500.

You must meet the following criteria for your application to be considered:

– The event will be open to all members of the public

– The event will be free of charge

– The event will take place within the Coronation weekend

– The event will take place within Burnham on Sea or Highbridge

 

Applications will close on Monday 6th March at midday. 

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What happens next....
Applications will be considered at the Finance and Resources Committee Meeting on Monday 13th March 2023. You will be notified after this date whether your application has been successful.
Burnham & Highbridge Town Council takes your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information for the purposes of contacting you about this grant. The Council’s privacy notice can be found here.

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