RNLI Lifeguard with rescue board

Portrush West Harbour Beach

This beach is popular with walkers all year round, with views of the bustling harbour and small boats. Blackrocks, at the western end of the beach, is a popular surfing spot. West Bay is backed by a large car park and attracts both locals and tourists.

Easter Bank Holiday 02-05 April
Weekends and Bank Holidays Only 01 May–20 June
Daily 26 June–05 September
Patrol times 11am-7pm

Today's weather

15°C Rain
Min: 11°C Max: 15°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 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.

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

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News and media from Portrush West Harbour Beach

Article People
RNLI lifeguards ready for a summer of ‘staycations’
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Footage from the launch of the RNLI lifeguards' Rescue Water Craft on Portrush West Strand on the 18 July. The lifeguards spotted a capsized jet-ski with two males in the water about 100m from the shore. The Coastguard was also alerted. The lifeguards were first on scene where they observed the casualties safe and well on the shoreline.
Video Lifeguards
RNLI lifeguards on Portrush West Strand go to aid of jet-skiers
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