Enjoying Rest Bay Beach Safely

Meet Charlie, one of the RNLI lifeguards at Rest Bay Beach, and find out how you and your loved ones can enjoy your time here safely.

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

  • Look out for strong sideways currents and rip currents that can quickly drag you away from the shore. 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.
  • If you’re taking part in any water sports, make sure you wear a flotation device and always carry a means of calling for help.
  • Watch out for submerged rocks at high tide, as they can easily cause you an injury if you aren’t careful.
  • Remember that no lifeguards patrol on Pink Bay or Sker Beach. You should stay in the lifeguarded section of Rest Bay signalled by the red and yellow flags.

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.