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Porth Beach

Porth beach

Porth is a narrow and shallow beach that has a long tidal drop. Like many of the Restormel beaches it is exposed to Atlantic swells. It is a popular beach with families and, like Towan, there is no surfing allowed during the Summer season when the lifeguards are on duty (10am–6pm).

 

Lifeguard season dates

Daily

21 May-25 September

See season dates for all RNLI lifeguarded beaches. 

 

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Forecasts for Porth 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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  • L-R RNLI Lifeguard Manager Greg Spray, Kate Page, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Anton Page, Jean Nicholas and Jamie Alexander. Credit RNLI.

    Gareth Nicholas Memorial Award 2015

  • Alex Gkosime (left) and Danny Bosch RNLI lifeguards at Porth beach Newquay taking part in H2Only

    Alex Gkosime (left) and Danny Bosch RNLI lifeguards at Porth beach Newquay taking part in H2Only

  • Volunteer lifeboat crew member Liam Richards from St Agnes taking part in H2Only

    Volunteer lifeboat crew member Liam Richards from St Agnes taking part in H2Only

  • Gareth Jones is presented with the award. L-R Greg Spray, Helen Nicholas and Gareth Jones

    Gareth Jones is presented with the award

  • 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

  • Library picture of RNLI lifeguard in action.

    Library picture of RNLI lifeguard in action

  • RNLI lifeguard patrols finish for summer season

    RNLI lifeguards on patrol at Perranporth

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.