Margate Main Beach at Margate in Kent is an RNLI lifeguarded beach.

Margate Main Beach

A long, golden, sandy beach with a promenade and tidal pool, known as the first family seaside resort in the country. The long stretch of boardwalk gives easy access to all visitors, and Margate Pier and Turner Contemporary are just a couple of minutes' walk away.

Lifeguard patrol times 2021

Daily 29 May – 5 September
Patrol times 10am-6pm
Weekends only 11-12 September, 18-19 September and 25-26 September 2021

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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.

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

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News and media from Margate Main Beach

Margate RNLI inshore lifeboat 'Alfred Alexander Staden' (RNLI Margate)
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Three rescued from the sea by Margate RNLI lifeboat and lifeguards
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Article Beach safety
RNLI Lifeguards kick off peak season on the beaches of Thanet and Swale
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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 ILB launched on service
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Busy weekend brings 6 calls for Margate RNLI in two days
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