Lifeguards back at South Shields beaches as holiday season approaches

Lifeguard Josh on Sandhaven Beach in South Shields in 2012.
Lifeguard Josh on Sandhaven Beach in South Shields in 2012.

Lifeguards will be back on the beaches of South Tyneside from this weekend to help keep visitors safe.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) will be out on patrol daily from Saturday until September 6.

The team have undergone comprehensive training and have passed fitness tests to ensure they can carry out the role.

RNLI lifeguard manager Carl Harris said: “Our lifeguards have spent the last month polishing their life-saving skills and first aid abilities, and they’re looking forward to patrolling the beaches from the bank holiday.

“The teams will be there to provide a reassuring presence on the beach and to offer extra peace of mind to visitors, enabling them to have a safe and enjoyable experience at the seaside.”

Lifeguards will be on the beaches between 10am and 6pm and will also be offering beach safety advice as they patrol the beaches.

Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management and community safety at South Tyneside Council, said: ‘We pride ourselves on the standards of our beaches and the services they provide for the thousands of visitors they receive each summer.

“The RNLI is a world-famous organisation in water safety. Our partnership with the RNLI recognises our commitment to ensuring the safety of those enjoying the beach, whether they are residents or visitors.

“Summer patrols mean visitors to Sandhaven can be confident in the knowledge they can enjoy their summer in safety.

“Having the RNLI keeping our beaches safe also contributes to our tourism efforts, which is of huge benefit to the whole of the borough.”