RNLI Lifeguard with rescue board

Watergate Bay Beach

Watergate Bay is a privately owned beach, which frequently picks up swell from the Atlantic. The beach is at the foot of some steep cliffs, and at low tide it stretches for over 2 miles. There are several access paths down to the beach, the easiest of which is in front of the local hotels.

Lifeguard patrol times 2021

Easter School Holidays 02-18 April
Weekends Only 24-25 April
Daily 1 May - 26 September
Weekends and Bank Holidays only 2-17 October
October half term 23-31 October
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 goodbeachguide.co.uk or the Irish Water Safety website.
  • Always read and obey the safety signs at Cayton Bay 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 Watergate Bay Beach

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RNLI lifeboat crew from Newquay and lifeguard colleagues at Watergate Bay rescued 2 people who had been cut off by the tide
Video Lifeboats
Newquay RNLI lifeboat crew and lifeguards rescue people cut of by the tide
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Article Beach safety
Boardmasters work with RNLI on the safety of festival goers coming to Cornwall
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