Yep gathered the lads/lasses on the boats were sort of retained volunteers but how about the day to day lifeguards at the beaches? 8 hr shifts with no pay? If so huge huge respect to them! The guy in the truck this week at mawgan was an absolute legend, he could not have been better at his job! Couldn’t believe some of the idiots in the water today tho, some big swell, and one guy chose to have an argument with a lifeguard who had suited up to advise people in the water. Utter ****!Posted 4 years agoRorschachMember
Was on the lifeboat for a few years when I lived on the coast…..primarily to have an excuse to go to the pub every thursday night and get out of work when the maroons went off.Posted 4 years ago
Oh and to help people in trouble…..unfortunately the majority of the time it was to provide a free breakdown service for morons.kja78Member
The vast majority of the RNLI beach lifeguards are paid. Councils have a legal obligation to provide lifeguards on certain beaches and sub-contract this out. The RNLI are just about the best there is which is why so many councils use them.
This is seperate from the Lifeboat side of things which is paid for by charitable donations and the majority of crewmembers are not paid.Posted 4 years agojam boSubscriber
Couldn’t believe some of the idiots in the water today tho, some big swell, and one guy chose to have an argument with a lifeguard who had suited up to advise people in the water.
I know mawgam porth can get a bit rippy but it was only 3ft on the north today. In my experience, some lifeguards get a bit power crazy…Posted 4 years ago
Yeah but the guy in question had two 6 and 8 ish yr olds body boarding in the surfing area, he was arguing about the flag placement. Clearly he knew better. I certainly don’t profess to know “the surf” but I did watch the smaller kid get blasted on the back of the head by a wave whilst mum was boarding and dad arguing. Only takes a second I’m sure….Posted 4 years ago
So after spending a great week boarding down at mawgan porth I further appreciated what a great job these guys do. I’m presuming the individual life guards get paid but who pays the RLNI? I know a lot of fundraising is done but do the local councils contribute to the wage villas they patrol the counties beaches?Posted 4 years agoCrellMember
Wrightyson, I was in Mawgan Porth as well this week. Nothing you describe is unusual. I had to call the boat over to a mid 50’s swimmer who seemed to be with someone giving him “instruction”. Next minute I heard “help him” from this person who then seemed to disappear back to the shore. I managed to put the guy on my board and headed back through the break. He started to panic a and came off the board a few times as we headed in, so I called over the rib that was already out checking the water. When they loaded him up I took a proper whack on the head off the keel but was more bothered about finding my fin which somehow got kicked off in the excitement (which thankfully I found floating back in the break).
Two years earlier I saw about 30 swimmers and boarders get sucked out in to a very heavy the break by a rip. I think it was the busiest day the RNLI had, and ended up putting 2 teenage girls (one hysterical) on my bodyboard.
Because it’s RNLI patrolled people seem to loose their sense of self preservation. Crowd mentality prevails, and people progressively get out of their depth / comfort zone because they see other people heading out towards the break and bigger waves so assume it’s OK. The RNLI / Lifeguards do a great job but some people really don’t help themselves.Posted 4 years ago
My dad did nearly 30 yrs on one of the boats, the last 7 as cox; my brother’s 2nd cox. Immensely proud of them – I did a couple of years when i was still at home & had a few moments where I’ve never been so scared but felt so safe all at the same time.
Incredible service & incredible people. See also SAR helicopter crews.Posted 4 years agopolyMember
Do you receive funding towards the lifeguard service you provide?
?We do receive a small amount from the appropriate local authorities and beach owners which helps to meet the cost of lifeguard wages, but the majority of funding is from voluntary contributions.
My understanding is the L.A. will pay the wages, RNLI supplies the training and I think the equipment. Thus is only the lifeguard part not the normal lifeboats. But bear in mind there are a number of smaller independent rescue boats too – who often get disproportionately low support because the public don’t understand.Posted 4 years ago
Fantastic organisation, fantastic people and some experiences i will never forget. Was a Crewman on a Lifeboat (Troon 52-38 Arun Class, an AWLB) for 5 yrs.
If you want something to have an real insight of the bravery of these men and women watch the below.
Warning its a tear jerker even for the hardest seafarer, or mere mortal
[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeIX0VnUMKo[/video]Posted 4 years agorogerthecatMember
Why does the cynic in me want to shout that this could be the role model HM Govt may be looking at for the Fire & Rescue Services.
Love the RNLI, top people with tremendous courage and whom I have never needed so far, but I will continue to pay my monthly DD to them, it’s only a matter of time.Posted 4 years agorobdobMember
The RNLI are one of the many things that make me proud to be British. Absolutely legendary and I always make sure I don’t put change in the collection boxes, but banknotes.
I love going to the stations and seeing the absolutely immaculate boats and houses they live in, absolute best of standards at every one.Posted 4 years agopiemonsterMember
I know a couple of people who volunteer. Much respect to them, they absolutely love it.
Same here, shame not everybody appreciates them:
Assuming the above story is true, which isn’t always the case. But that’s another, and not particularly interesting story.
Anyway, awesome organisation. The volunteers of which regularly reaffirm my faith in humanity.Posted 4 years ago
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