Roker Beach at Sunderland in Tyne and Wear is an RNLI lifeguarded beach.

Roker Beach

A wide, sandy beach backed by rugged cliffs and rocks to north and south. Roker Park has many attractions including display gardens, a boating lake, bowling green, model railway and tram lines.

Lifeguard patrol times 2021

Daily 29 May – 5 September
Patrol times 10am-6pm

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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, 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 Roker Beach

A yellow sign says 'Always swim between the red and yellow flags'. Next it to a person with their back to the camera faces the sea. On their jumper it says RNLI lifeguard.
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RNLI Seaburn and Roker lifeguards rescue two teenagers
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A person stands up on a yellow jet ski that has rescue equipment on the back. The person is in a wetsuit and wearing a yellow RNLI helmet and a red lifejacket.
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RNLI Roker lifeguards team up with Sunderland Coastguard
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A lifeguard sits on top of a rescue watercraft, more commonly known as a jet ski, in the sea. The waves are big and the lifeguard has a helmet on.
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RNLI Roker lifeguard highlights the dangers of no-swim zones
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Yellow rescue board with the RNLI logo and the word lifeguards on a beach
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Busy weekend for RNLI lifeguards across Tyne and Wear
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