The first swim try-outs to become a lifeguard in Norfolk and Suffolk is tonight in Holt

RNLI Lifeguard flags and rescue board on Cromer Beach.Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

RNLI Lifeguard flags and rescue board on Cromer Beach.Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

People are invited to put on their swimsuits and take a dip in the pool for lifeguard tryouts.

The RNLI is holding the tryouts this week to recruit new lifeguards for beaches in Norfolk and Suffolk.

The free swim sessions in Norfolk will be held at Gresham's Pool, in Holt, tonight from 7.30-8.30, Victory Swimming Pool, North Walsham from 9-10pm on February 18 and UEA Sports park, Norwich from 6-7pm on February 20.

In Suffolk they will be held at the Waterlane Leisure Centre in Lowestoft tomorrow from 9pm until 10pm.

All budding lifeguards will need to complete a 400m swim in under seven minutes and 30 seconds.

Swimmers will also get the chance to find out training tips and to learn more about the job.

RNLI lifeguard manager Vincent Pank said: 'We'll be giving people the same swim test that all budding lifeguards need to pass – a 400m swim completed in less than seven minutes and 30 seconds. If they don't quite make it, lifeguards will be on hand to offer training tips and advice on how to improve. 'RNLI lifeguards get kitted, paid and trained to save lives. They come from all walks of life including teachers, students, stay-at-home parents, business owners and gap year travellers. This is a great opportunity for people to come along and find out if the county's best summer job will suit them.'

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Last year RNLI lifeguards in Norfolk and Suffolk rescued 55 people and saved eight lives.

To book a free swim try-out session, call Sam Kendrick, RNLI lifeguard supervisor for the east, on 07990650382 or email sam_kendrick@rnli.org.uk