In general there are Life guards stationed every hundred metres or so along the beaches.
We met one of them called Alex Smoke, who showed us what he does each day. Each life guard has a complete kit of life saving equipment at their disposal, including a life raft, Bay Watch float and other devices.
Fortunately they have little need to use these devices and mostly help tourists with simple things on the beach. If they do have to react they can be into the water within seconds and their fellow life guards either side of their location will be radioing for additional help. With ambulances responding within 5 minutes.
With an average of only one person per season needing help, their role is mainly preventative and for the safety of holiday makers on the beaches.