Fistral Beach at Newquay in Cornwall is an RNLI lifeguarded beach.

Fistral Beach

Fistral is a long, sandy beach, backed by rocks and cliffs. It’s well-known for being one of the best surfing beaches in Europe, attracting large numbers of surfers, as well as families, tourists and locals. There are plenty of seafront facilities.

Lifeguard season dates 2017

Daily 1 April-29 October
Patrol times 10am-6pm

Today's weather

17°C Rain
Min: 14°C
Max: 17°C
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Next tide

Sat 22 Jul
Low: 11:13am 1.0m
High: 5:12pm 6.9m
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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.

News and media from Fistral Beach

Rescue of a surfer in difficulty near rocks at North Fistral
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Rescue of a surfer in difficulty near rocks at North Fistral
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RNLI in south west urges people to put safety first ahead of Easter holidays
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RNLI issues safety advice as 2016 lifeguard season draws to a close
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RNLI lifeguards to extend patrols in the south west for the summer holidays
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RNLI lifeguards to extend patrols in the south west for the summer holidays
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