Foreshore Inspector Rob Dove is back on the blog with this week’s topic being the arrival of some new team members, who will support the Beach Office throughout the lively summer period…

It’s been all hands on deck this week as we’ve had some new faces in the Beach Office. Yes, our seasonal staff have commenced their initial mini basic training programme!

The new cohort have been super spoilt so far – no speed marches or time on the firing range though; just lots of foot patrols around the seafront and the launching of throwlines as we hone their skills to a level of competency we are happy with before they begin providing Worthing and the surrounding areas with a superb Council-funded Foreshore and rescue service.

Over the years techniques and standard operating procedures (SOP’s) change or update and its essential we keep up to date with the changes and deliver appropriately.

Myself and my colleagues are all competent Royal Yachting Association instructors and have been delivering a multitude of lessons to them. These include:

– The expectations of a seasonal boat operator (SBO)
– VHF radio voice procedure
– All-terrain vehicle (ATV) theory and practical training
– Water safety patrols
– Byelaw knowledge and enforcement procedure
– The list goes on…

At the Beach office all our staff pride themselves on their knowledge and professionalism and as a result we have some well-rehearsed ‘core values’ for all staff and new recruits to abide by. These are Etiquette, Professionalism, Robustness and Attention to Detail.

All of our seasonal staff for the 2018 summer season have worked for us in past years at some point, therefore their knowledge is already at a good level – although constant on-going training will be delivered throughout their time with us.

Their start day on the past Bank Holiday Monday somewhat threw them in at the deep end, with our local beaches being the busiest I’ve ever witnessed them as the wind, tide and heat levels failed to disappoint.

On days like these this is where everyone benefits from the frontline service we provide from the Beach Office.

With our ranks bolstered by our seasonal staff, our mobile and waterborne, overt reconnaissance patrols can cover more ground more often and respond quicker as a result.

Becoming a Seasonal Beach Officer at the Beach Office is an excellent opportunity for the right candidate.

The skills you will learn and developmental exercises you will participate in will enhance your CV and act as an ideal platform to enter into either the maritime, safety or public sector.

If you feel this could be you and you would relish the opportunity, be sure to apply in February 2019 via the Adur & Worthing Council website.

And remember, call us on 01903 238977 or flag us down if you require:

– First aid treatment
– Water safety response
– Land based shoreline response
– Environmental concerns
– Byelaw enforcement

Be it land or sea we’ll have it covered!

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