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Jersey lifeguard retires after 40 years of service

Bruce moved to Jersey in 1979, initially working at the tower next to El Tico. Credit: States of Jersey

One of Jersey's longest serving lifeguards retires after 40 years of service.

Bruce Bridal began his career in 1976 as a beach lifeguard in Durban, South Africa. He moved to Jersey in 1979, initially working at the tower next to El Tico.

During his time Bruce also kept a watchful eye on islanders at the Fort Regent pool. He moved to Les Quennevais Sports Centre in 1996 to help prepare for its opening and has remained there since.

A successful swimmer, his personal achievements include a sixth place in the 2012 World Open Water Swim race in Italy and two silver medals at the 2017 European Masters held at London’s Olympic Park.

A career highlight for me was working at the then brand-new iconic pool at Fort Regent in the 80s. After I retire, I will still enjoy the great facilities at Les Quennevais as well as swimming and surfing in the sea – we are lucky to have such beautiful beaches in the island.

– Bruce Bridal, retiring lifeguard