Enjoying Newgale Beach safely

Meet George, of the RNLI lifeguards at Newgale Beach, and find out how you and your loved ones can enjoy your time here safely.

On Newgale Beach, here’s what you need to be aware of:

  • There are rip currents in multiple locations along the beach. Only swim when lifeguards are on duty and always between the red and yellow flags. If you find yourself caught in a rip current, make sure you stay calm and don’t panic. If you can stand, wade don’t swim. If you’re in deeper water, swim parallel to the current until you’re free of it, then make your way back to shore. If you’re in difficulty, keep hold of your board (if you have one) or adopt the float position – lean back and extend your arms and legs like a starfish. You should then raise your hand and shout for help.
  • Watch out for big powerful waves at this beach. Know your limits and don’t take risks.
  • There is a risk of being cut off by the tide as it rises at both ends of Newgale Beach. Ask for advice from lifeguards, check the tide times and always carry a means of calling for help.
  • There are three lifeguard units and sets of flags across Newgale Beach: Newgale North, Newgale Central and Newgale South. Choose one of these areas if you are planning to stay or swim at the beach.

To have fun safely on all lifeguarded beaches:

  • swim between the red and yellow flags
  • protect your family
  • don’t use inflatables
  • if you’re in trouble in the water, Float to Live
  • in an emergency, alert the lifeguards or call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.

For more beach safety advice, visit our beach safety page.