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Thurlestone Beach

Thurlestone Beach

Thurlestone Beach is great for families. It has a beach café, shop and toilet facilities. There are two public car parks and three main access points to the beach.

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


5 July-7 September

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.



  • Library picture of RNLI lifeguard in action.

    Library picture of RNLI lifeguard in action

  • RNLI lifeguards at Thurlestone rescue stranded flock from flooded field

    RNLI Lifeguards herd sheep from a flooded field

  • RNLI lifeguards at Thurlestone rescue stranded flock from flooded field

    RNLI Lifeguards herd sheep from a flooded field

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.


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