RNLI Lifeguard with rescue board

Bantham Beach

Bantham Beach is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The sandy beach and shallow water make it ideal for families. It's one of the best surfing beaches in Devon and the Bantham Surf Life Saving Club can be found near the entrance to the beach.

Lifeguard season dates 2017

Easter school holidays 1-17 April
Weekends only 22-23 April
Daily 29 April-1 October
Weekends and bank holidays only 7-15 October
October half term 21-29 October
Patrol times 10am-6pm

Today's weather

7°C Rain
Min: 7°C
Max: 7°C
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Next tide

Thu 23 Mar
High: 2:02pm 4.3m
Low: 8:07pm 2.2m
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Beach information

Stay safe on the beach

  • Wherever possible, swim at a lifeguarded beach. Find your nearest RNLI lifeguarded beach or search on goodbeachguide.co.uk or 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.
  • For more advice about having fun and staying safe on the beach, see our beach safety advice.

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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