RNLI Lifeguard with rescue board

Southerndown Beach

A beautiful west-facing sand and pebble bay at the foot of Heritage Coast cliffs. The rural beach is surrounded by farmland and offers spectacular views of the coast. Southerndown Beach popular with both surfers and canoeists.

Lifeguard season dates 2018

Daily 30 June-2 September
Patrol times 10am-6pm

Today's weather

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Min: 9°C Max: 14°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.

News and media from Southerndown Beach

RNLI Urges coast-goers to stay safe as Lifeguard season comes to an end
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RNLI Urges coast-goers to stay safe as Lifeguard season comes to an end
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Visit Wales Year of the Sea 2018
Video highlighting the RNLI's presence in Wales, including lifeboats, lifeguards, and community work.
Video Beach safety
Visit Wales Year of the Sea 2018
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RNLI lifeguard rescues child struggling to stay above water at Southerndown
A stock photo of an RNLI lifeguard in action
Article Sea safety
RNLI lifeguard rescues child struggling to stay above water at Southerndown
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Recruitment opens for Wales’ best summer jobs
Recruitment has begun to find the RNLI's team of Welsh lifeguards for 2017
Article Beach safety
Recruitment opens for Wales’ best summer jobs
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