Cayton Bay Beach near Scarborough in Yorkshire is an RNLI lifeguarded beach.

Cayton Bay Beach

Nestled between Scarborough and Filey, Cayton Bay is a wide, sweeping, sandy beach backed by cliffs. The beach is generally quiet and has a wild air about it. It's a favourite with surfers, windsurfers, bird watchers and fossil hunters and is home to one of the most longest established surf schools in the UK.

Weekends and Bank Holidays Only 01-23 May
May Half Term 29 May-06 June
Weekends Only 12-27 June
Daily 03 July–05 September
Patrol times 10am-6pm

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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 or the Irish Water Safety website.
  • Always read and obey the safety signs at Cayton Bay 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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News and media from Cayton Bay Beach

Three males stand in front of the sea. All are wearing red jackets and shorts with RNLI rescue tubes around their necks alongside radios.
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A Red and Yellow flag flies at a sandy beach. Below it, a sign tells people to swim in a lifeguarded area. Behind it, there is the sea.
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Cayton Bay RNLI Lifeguard rescues 13 bodyboarders
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