Ryde Beach Lifeguards was formed in 2012 with an aim to provide qualified lifeguard supervision on Ryde Sands, due to local authority spending cuts leading to a lack of lifeguard supervision.
The Isle of Wight is a popular tourist destination in the summer months and its beaches are known to become extremely busy, especially those in Ryde with a unusual tidal range.
The service covers both Ryde Sands and Sandown Bay, funded by the local town councils.
How to become a Beach Lifeguard
If you are interested in becoming a Beach Lifeguard, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
You will need to have or be willing to get an RLSS NVBLQ qualification. This is the UK Beach Lifeguard Qualification.
The recruitment process involves an interview, followed by a 400 metres fitness test in the pool, that must be completed in under 8 minutes.
The main role of a Beach Lifeguard is to protect the visitors to beaches, as well as providing first aid, finding lost children, tourist information and enforcing by-laws.
Patrols and Lifeguard Stations
The Beach Lifeguards are located on the beach to the west of the harbour, directly behind the Big Kahuna cafe.
The service operates in the May half term, as well as the months on July and August, from 11am to 6pm.
The Beach Lifeguards are located on the beach to the east of the pier. The service operates throughout the months on July and August, from 11am to 6pm.
Always swim between the flags
It's not safe to swim
Water Sports Zone - Not safe for swimming
Be aware of strong currents
Beware of Weever Fish
Slip, Slap, Slop