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Porthtowan Beach

At low tide, Porthtowan Beach is long and sandy, stretching from Lushington Cove to Chapel Porth. At high tide it becomes a large cove-type beach that is steeply shelving and backed by a small sand dune system. It's popular for bathing and surfing, with good access to the beach and a large public car park.

Lifeguard patrol times 2024

Easter School Holiday 29 March - 14 April
Weekends only 20 April - 28 April
Daily 04 May - 29 September
Weekends only 05 October - 20 October
October Half Term 26 October - 03 November
Patrol times 10am - 6pm

Today's weather

14°C Rain
Min: 8°C Max: 14°C
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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 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.

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As an RNLI lifeguard you’ll build your work – and life – experience, get good rates of pay and learn lifesaving skills that stay with you wherever your career heads next.

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You can apply whether you live inside or outside the UK - you need to be 16 and of school leaving age, have a National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (or equivalent) and meet a specific fitness criteria and have a right to work in the UK.

If you’re not qualified yet, don’t worry! Find out how you can get qualified by visiting the requirements and training section.

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News and media from Porthtowan Beach

*The information shown is accurate at the time of publication, but details may change at short notice for various reasons beyond our control. Whilst every effort is made to update key information, its accuracy cannot be guaranteed. This includes the availability of lifeguard services at all locations on the dates or times stated.

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