Enjoying Three Cliffs Bay safely

Hear from Tom, one of the RNLI lifeguard team at Three Cliffs Bay, and find out how you and your loved ones can enjoy your time here safely.

On Three Cliffs Bay, here’s what you need to be aware of:

  • Stay alert for the dangerous rip currents that can form here. 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 rip 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.
  • Remember it’s a remote location, so take extra care at all times.
  • Watch out for tidal cut off as the tide rises. Ask lifeguards for advice and always carry a means of calling for help.
  • Take care while rambling and climbing in the area. Many emergencies are caused by slips, trips and falls so be careful.

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.