Tom Houghton

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Where do you currently lifeguard?

Newquay, Cornwall

What skills and experience do you have in Lifeguarding?

I currently work as a Senior Lifeguard, managing a small team of lifeguards at Mawgan Porth, it is one of the more dangerous beaches in the Newquay area – prone to strong currents. This would’ve been my 10th consecutive year working for the RNLI.

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

The uncertainty having my regular employment taken away has influenced every aspect of my life. I have two small children and making sure I can provide for my family is my focus. Like so many people I am really worried about the health implications of Covid19 and the financial implications for my household.

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

Every time a lifeguard has to enter the water – they are risking their personal safety. Knowing that because of our actions as a team, that lives have been saved is a great feel-ing. Now I have small children, any time I rescue or assist children – it really brings it home what we do.

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.