Botany Bay Beach at Broadstairs in Kent is an RNLI lifeguarded beach.

Botany Bay Beach

Thanet’s best-kept secret, Botany Bay is a secluded bay with breathtaking chalk features. The sandy beach is great for families with plenty for children to explore. It's said the beach got its name from when smugglers were deported to Botany Bay in Australia.

Lifeguard patrol times

Daily 13 June – 6 September 2020
Patrol times 10am-6pm

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Visit our patrolled beach list to see where our lifeguard service is operating now.

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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.

You can help save lives and make our waters safer for everyone.

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News and media from Botany Bay Beach

RNLI urges coastal visitors to stay safe following Kent lifeguards busy summer
RNLI lifeguards George Rose and Chris Wilson
Article Lifeguards
RNLI urges coastal visitors to stay safe following Kent lifeguards busy summer
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Margate RNLI and Thanet RNLI lifeguards rescue three swimmers
Margate RNLI inshore lifeboat 'Alfred Alexander Staden' (RNLI Margate) (2)
Article Sea safety
Margate RNLI and Thanet RNLI lifeguards rescue three swimmers
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Kent RNLI lifeguards rescue 25 and resuscitate a six-year-old girl
(left to right) Botany Bay RNLI lifeguard Amy Napier, Senior Lifeguard Ailsa MacRae and lifeguard Kane Philpott.
Article Rescue
Kent RNLI lifeguards rescue 25 and resuscitate a six-year-old girl
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Praise for courageous RNLI lifeguard who rescued three children off Kent coast
Photo of RNLI Lifeguard Mowgli Palmer
Article Lifeguards
Praise for courageous RNLI lifeguard who rescued three children off Kent coast
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