Seasonal Beach Lifeguard Patrol Boat Coxswain – Brighton & Hove beaches
We are currently recruiting a Patrol Boat Coxswain to assist the lifeguards working on the world famous Brighton and Hove bathing beaches during our summer season from 24th May – 5th September.
About the role
With over 11 million visitors to Brighton & Hove each year, you will play a major part in keeping our beaches safe and enjoyable for all who use them.
In a typical summer season our Lifeguard & Seafront Team have responded to 134 incidents saving 46 lives and reunited 45 missing persons – it’s fair to say no day is the same, you will face challenges and you will make the difference in keeping people safe.
The role is high pressured and will require a high level of emotional resilience.
You will spend your day on the water for up to 8 hours, patrolling the coastline and offering assistance and protection to the Beach Lifeguard Team, assisting swimmers and advising all water users of the local bathing byelaws.
You will need substantial experience operating a patrol or safety semi ridged inflatable in a coastal environment, a minimum of a RYA power boat level 2 qualification and a Marine VHF Licence is desirable (DSC rating not required). You will need excellent customer service skills and should hold or be willing to obtain/train for the SLSGB beach lifeguard qualification or 1st Aid qualification or substantial transferable skills and experience. Basic boat maintenance is also desirable.
You will also be required to attend in house training throughout the season if recruited.
Fixed Term & Casual Contracts (24th May 2021 - 5th September 2021)
Casual contracts will be considered to compliment the service dependent on commitment to hours as will late starters.
The service is 7 days per week including weekends and public holidays.
If your application is successfully shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an assessment day/interview which will also involve a swim test.
If you are successful you will join a large team who are dedicated to ensuring the safety of residents and visitors who come to our beaches.
Queries regarding this vacancy, please contact The Seafront Team at:
We highly recommend you read the ‘Statement Guidance’ below before you apply for this job. It is important you are able to show how you meet the essential criteria within the Person Specification when applying. Not following this guidance is likely to reduce your chances of success.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.
Work Permits: This role does not meet the requirement for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Successful candidates will need to evidence that they have the Right to Work in the UK.
We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, LGB, female or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.
Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.
At Brighton & Hove City Council we offer staff a range of benefits. If you choose to work for us, in return we can offer you:
A competitive salary
Career average pension scheme
Generous holiday (23 days rising to 25 days after 5 years)
An opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills
A range of other staff benefits
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