Lifeguard patrol times 2023
|Daily 1 January-31 December|
|Patrol times 10am-6pm|
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.
Download our helpful guides to staying safe at the beach
On the beach: your guide to a safe and fun time at the seaside (English version) - PDF 4.15MB
On the beach: your guide to a safe and fun time at the seaside (Welsh version) - PDF 4.23MB
In the surf: your guide to surfsport safety (English version) - PDF 2.31MB
In the surf: your guide to surfsport safety (Welsh version) - PDF 2.94MB
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