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West Bay Beach in Dorset is an RNLI lifeguarded beach.

West Bay Beach, Dorset

Situated at the western end of Chesil Beach against a backdrop of sandstone cliffs, is West Bay. Featured prominently in the TV series Broadchurch, the beach has a slipway, cafés, restaurants, shops, toilets, and a campsite and caravan park nearby.

Lifeguard patrol times 2024

Daily 06 July - 01 September
Patrol times 10am - 6pm

Today's weather

15°C Rain
Min: 13°C Max: 15°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 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.

Ready to change lives working as an RNLI lifeguard?

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.

Have you got what it takes?

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.

Become an RNLI beach lifeguard.

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News and media from West Bay Beach, Dorset

Lifeguard patrols to begin on Weymouth Beach
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It’s that time of year again! RNLI lifeguards returning to Weymouth Beach
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RNLI lifeguard season in Weymouth and West Dorset draws to a close
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RNLI lifeguards in Dorset keep beaches safe as warm weather continues
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RNLI lifeguards at Lyme Regis beach
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RNLI lifeguards begin peak season patrols at Dorset beaches
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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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