Sam Chamberlain

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Where do you currently lifeguard?

Perranporth, Cornwall

What skills and experience do you have in Lifeguarding?

10 seasons at Perranporth plus a season apiece in New Zealand and West Australia. I am an RNLI Beach Trainer/Assessor which means I can deliver training and assessment on powered craft for new lifeguards.

How have you been impacted by the lack of financial/gov support?

Relying on my small amount of savings (we were saving for a house) plus my wives furlough in-come for food, rent and bills. Unable to get furlough from previous employer. Reluctant to find other employment as I feel obliged to be ready to return to the beach as soon as this has passed.

Can you recall an incident/rescue that you are you most proud of during your career with the RNLI?

The resuscitation of a two year old girl who had fallen in the river at the south end of the beach.

Read More Stories

People and families have been impacted by the issues raised in this campaign, you can read about some of our lifeguard’s personal stories here.