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Southbourne Beach at Bournemouth in Dorset is an RNLI lifeguarded beach.

Southbourne Beach

Southbourne is a golden, sandy beach. It’s usually less crowded than its neighbouring beaches, due to its distance from central Bournemouth. Southbourne also has a Surf Life Saving Club, café and toilets.

Lifeguard patrol times 2024

Daily 25 May-01 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 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 Southbourne Beach

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RNLI lifeguards return to East Dorset beaches for half-term
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Female lifguard is running into the sea with a rescue board
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Peak season hits for RNLI Lifeguards around Bournemouth and Poole
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*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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