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 2022

Daily 28 May – 4 September
Patrol times 10am-6pm

Today's weather

14°C Rain
Min: 10°C Max: 14°C
Get a 5-day forecast

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.
  • 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.

Ready to change lives working as an RNLI lifeguard?

Join the team and you’ll be trained, respected and well paid. 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 more about lifeguard training.

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

Donate now

News and media from Botany Bay Beach

RNLI Lifeguard patrolling on the beach
Article Beach safety
RNLI lifeguards return to Kent beaches for half-term
Read more
RNLI Lifeboats logo on grey background
Article Beach safety
A busy start to Spring for the volunteer crew of Ramsgate RNLI
Read more
Article Rescue
Busy first week of peak season for Kent’s RNLI Lifeguards
Read more
Article Beach safety
RNLI Lifeguards kick off peak season on the beaches of Thanet and Swale
Read more