Sandhaven (Centre) Beach at South Shields in Yorkshire is an RNLI lifeguarded beach.

Sandhaven (Centre) Beach

Sandhaven is a sandy beach, lined with dunes and backed by cliffs. It's an excellent site for birdwatching. The beach is popular with tourists and great for watersports.

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 Sandhaven (Centre) Beach

Three lifeguards stand together on the beach in the RNLI uniform. Luke Dixon is on the right of the three.
Article Sea safety
RNLI Sandhaven lifeguard rescues two children from sandbanks
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A man in a pink shirt sits in a bicycle wheelchair on an athletics track.
Article People
Ex-lifeguard goes the extra mile to raise funds after beating cancer
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Three RNLI lifeguards stand on a sandy beach. All are wearing yellow tops with RNLI on them and red shorts. Next to them are red and yellow flags.
Article Sea safety
Sandhaven RNLI lifeguards rescue two school children
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A RNLI lifeguard in a yellow top and red shorts is holding a small puffin in a red jumper. Besides him, a man is holding a container.
Article Rescue
South Shields RNLI lifeguards save injured puffin
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