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Croyde Beach

Croyde Beach

Croyde is a premium surf beach with powerful surf and as a result it can be dangerous with promenant rip currents and heavy sandbars. It is popular with both families and groups who enjoy its relaxed atmosphere and the activites on offer.

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To find RNLI lifeguarded beaches while you’re out and about, download our free Beach Finder app. The app features live weather, safety advice and some cool fun stuff too!
 

 

  

Lifeguard season dates

Daily

5 April–21 April

Weekends and Bank holidays only until 3 May

 

Daily

3 May-28 September

October Weekends and daily cover

27 October-31 October

See season dates for all RNLI lifeguarded beaches. 

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  • Wherever possible, swim at a lifeguarded beach. Go to goodbeachguide.co.uk to search for listings throughout the UK, or find a lifeguarded beach in the Republic of Ireland on the Irish Water Safety website.

  • Always read and obey the safety signs, usually found at the entrance to the beach. These will help you avoid potential hazards on the beach and identify the safest areas for swimming.

  • When on a lifeguarded beach, find the red and yellow flags and always swim or bodyboard between them – this area is patrolled by lifeguards.

  • Never swim alone.

  • If you get into trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help.

  • If you see someone in difficulty, don't attempt a rescue. Tell a lifeguard, or, if you can't see a lifeguard, call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.

  • If you are hiring equipment for a surfsport, try to do so from a member of the Surf Hire Safety Scheme. Scheme members check equipment regularly for damage, rent out equipment suitable to your ability and offer safety advice for the local area. Read more or find an outlet.

Lifeguard giving advice. Photo: Julian Calverley

In many ways, it's a dream job – spending your working hours on the beach, with the possibility of being a lifesaver.

But there's a lot more to being an RNLI lifeguard than fun on the sand. You must hold and maintain a valid surf lifesaving qualification, pass regular fitness and competency tests through our lifeguard training, and be willing and able to take on the responsibility of keeping hundreds, perhaps thousands, of beachgoers safe.

Have you got what it takes?
If you're a qualified lifeguard and want to put your lifesaving skills to good use, check our recruitment site for seasonal and volunteering opportunities.

 

 

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    Beau Bromham

  • Sand Cliffs on St Ives Bay

    Sand Cliffs on St Ives Bay

  • Beach safety warning signs for sand cliffs

    Beach safety warning signs for sand cliffs

  • Plymouth RNLI assist dismasted yacht August 2013

    Plymouth RNLI assist dismasted yacht

  • Screen grab from footage of RNLI rescuing three exhausted swimmers at Mawgan Porth August 2013

    RNLI lifeguards rescue three exhausted swimmers at Mawgan Porth

  • Screen grab from footage of RNLI lifeguard James Bunney rescuing bathers from rip at Croyde

    RNLI lifeguard James Bunney rescues 5 on rescue board

  • Screen grab of footage of RNLI lifeguards saving three lives at Mawgan Porth

    RNLI lifeguards save three at Mawgan Porth

  • RNLI lifeguard truck on summer safety patrols

    RNLI lifeguard truck

  • RNLi lifeguard in action on beach

    RNLI lifeguard in action

  • RNLI lifeguard supervisors training at Fistral Beach in early 2013 with the inshore rescue boat.

    Training with the RNLI lifeguard inshore rescue boat

  • Training with the RNLI Rescue Water Craft at Fistral Beach in early 2013.

    Training with the RNLI Rescue Water Craft 2013

  • RNLI lifeguard supervisors training on the water at Fistral Beach in Newquay 2013.

    RNLI lifeguard supervisors training on the water 2013

  • RNLI lifeguard returns from training in Senegal

    Vaughan Lawson carrying out training in Senegal

  • Stay safe and visit an RNLI lifeguarded beach in the south west this half term

    Pictured is an RNLI lifeguard on patrol at Perranporth beach.

  • Good weather and surf leads to busy weekend for RNLI lifeguards in North Devon

    RNLI inshore rescue boat

  • RNLI lifeguards prepare for sunny September weekend

    RNLI lifeguard

  • RNLI lifeguards prepare for sunny September weekend

    Library picture RNLI lifeguard in action

  • RNLI lifeguards at Croyde rescue 30 people from rip currents in one day

    RNLI rescue board

  • Croyde lifeguards rescue eight people from rip current

    RNLI lifeguard Gary Sinkevicius paddles to the scene

Fancy a dip in the water? Before you visit the beach, check out the Environment Agency’s Bathing Water widget to the right. This provides details throughout the Summer on the cleanliness of the bathing waters around beaches, and shows both weekly and annual water quality ratings.

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Meets or exceeds the higher quality standard for bathing water.
Meets or exceeds the minimum quality standard for bathing water.
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WarningWarning of predicted pollution during the coming day.
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