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Lyme Regis Beach

Lyme Regis Beach

A sandy beach in the picturesque harbour town of Lyme Regis, which has an international reputation for its cliffs and fossils. The town is also widely known as the setting for the John Fowles novel The French Lieutenant's Woman. There are toilets (including disabled facilities), a café, restaurants, a slipway and a nearby caravan park.

 

 

Lifeguard season dates

Daily

9 July-4 September

See season dates for all RNLI lifeguarded beaches. 

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Forecasts for Lyme Regis Beach

  • 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 

We think working as an RNLI lifeguard is one of the best Summer jobs out there. 

Join the team and we’ll get you kitted, trained and paid for a Summer to remember. You will boost your fitness and train with like-minded people, earn a decent hourly rate from the start, and learn valuable skills that will stay with you for life.

All of this and you’ll be on the beach helping to save lives every day.  

Have you got what it takes?

If you’re fit, aged 16+ and can swim 400m, why not give it a go? Help with qualification training might be available if you’re new to beach lifeguarding.

So whether you’re qualified or just getting started, visit our recruitment site for info and vacancies, find out here what our lifeguard training is like, and join the #BestSummerJob conversation on social media.

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  • Nikky Wiilliams, second left, aboard the Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat Spirit of Loch Fyne

    Nikky aboard

  • Lyme Regis RNLI crew members tow another bathtub into the harbour after it began to drift.

    Crew tow bathtub

  • Easter Promise belly dancers at Lyme Regis.

    Eastern Promise

  • Winching exercise with coastguard helicopter at first day of Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week.

    Winching exercise

  • First big rescue for RNLI lifeguard who helped a 63 year old lady.

    First big rescue for RNLI lifeguard who helped a 63 year old lady.

  • Paul Atterbury, of the BBC's Antiques Road Show, will be giving a talk at Uplyme Village Hall.

    Pau Atterbury

  • Krys Lavery, new team leader, running the RNLI  shop on the Cobb at Lyme Regis.

    RNLI Shop Lyme Regis

  • Lyme Lunge crew

  • Lyme Lunge Charge

  • Lyme Regis Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Spirit of Loch Fyne

    Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat, Spirit of Loch Fyne

  • Rosie, left, in Lyme Regis,with her two sisters, Jess and Millie, and a cousin Freya Morris.

    Rosie on the beach

  • Rosie in a rowing boat with her father, Guy Jones

    Rosie in rowing boat with dad, Guy Jones

  • Safe - Kaylee Wilson, Smudge the Jack Russell and Andy Heath relax at Lyme Regis lifeboat station after their rescue.

    Couple cut off by tide rescued by Lyme Regis RNLI crew

  • Rocky journey- Coastguards and two RNLI crew members with first aid equipment, carry Mrs. Constandinou towards Charmouth.

    Rocky journey - Coastguards and two RNLI crew members carry the casualty.

  • Stretcher case - Mrs Constandinou, from the video, being tended by coastguards and others.

    Casualty on a stretcher

  • Bandaged - Mrs Constandinou, from the video, recovering from her fall.

    Injured woman in bandages

  • Safe- John Allan, left, and David Dolling relax at Lyme Regis lifeboat station after their ordeal.

    Two rescued from rocky coastline

  • Atlantic 75 Pearl of Dorset at sea off Lyme Regis.

    Pearl of Dorset in action

  • RNLI mascot Stormy Stan meets the lifeguards during Lifeboat Week in Lyme Regis in July.

    Stormy Stan meets the lifeguards

  • Joint Lifeboat crew and Lifeguard exercise

    Joint Lifeboat crew and Lifeguard exercise

  • Lifeguards across West Dorset

    Lifeguards across West Dorset

  • The scene in Lyme Regis harbour in October 2011 when Claire Perkins wheelchair toppled into the water.

    Scene of the wheelchair tragedy,Lyme Regis harbour

  • Rescued - Liam Rigden and Cara Brindley.

    Couple rescued

  • The RAF Falcons parachute display team in action during Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week last year.

    RAF Falcons

  • The Red Arrows display over Lyme Regis.

    The Red Arrows above Lyme Regis

  • Lyme Regis RNLI crew member Adrian Ragbourne receives the £7,000 cheque from Cllr. Gillian Summers.

    Council chairman's cheque for RNLI

  • Windsurfer Luke Patrick, safe and well after alerting Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat

    Windsurfer

  • Claire's uncle, James Morris, presents a donation to Lyme Regis RNLI crew members Brian Street, Martin Croad and Elliott Herbert.

    Presentation

  • Knotting time - Murray Saunders demonstrates his knots expertise to presenter Paul Martin with long-serving crew member Colin Jones looking on.

    Flog It ! filming

  • Lifeguard beach try out course

    Lifeguard training

  • Pupils at Dunbury School, Winterborne Kingston, with RNLI lifeguards

    Pupils at Dunbury School, Winterborne Kingston, with RNLI lifeguards

  • RNLI lifeguard helps child on duty

    RNLI lifeguard helps child on duty

  • Lifeguard on duty

    Lifeguard on duty

  • Lifeguard on duty

    Lifeguard on duty

  • 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

  • Safely ashore-Mr Neil Everett,pointing, left, his son in front of him after reaching shore aboard the lifeboat. His wife is behind him.

    The Everett family safely ashore from the lifeboat

  • The RAF Falcons parachute display team 'dropping in' on Lifeboat Week in Lyme Regis in 2012.

    RAF Falcons display over Lyme Regis last year

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.