West Kirby Beach on the Wirral is an RNLI lifeguarded beach.

West Kirby Beach

West Kirby Beach - between sand dunes and sand flats exposed at low tide - has excellent views across the mouth of the Dee Estuary to Wales, and also to Hilbre Island, which can be reached on foot at low tide.

Although the roll out of lifeguard patrols has been affected by the coronavirus, the patrol dates below are correct. The end dates will be regularly reviewed.

Daily 27 June - 6 September 2020
Patrol times 10am-6pm

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Visit our patrolled beach list to see where our lifeguard service is operating now.

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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.

You can help save lives and make our waters safer for everyone.

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News and media from West Kirby Beach

Hoylake RNLI rescues stranded walkers around Hilbre despite island closure
RNLI Hoylake Hovercraft launches to reports of people cut off by the incoming tide
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Hoylake RNLI rescues stranded walkers around Hilbre despite island closure
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RNLI Hoylake volunteers tasked to five emergency incidents in 24 hours
RNLI Hoylake Hovercraft and West Kirby lifeboat attend reports of people stranded on Hilbre Island
Article Beach safety
RNLI Hoylake volunteers tasked to five emergency incidents in 24 hours
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RNLI Hoylake Hovercraft assists UK Coastguard in rescue of two people and a dog
RNLI Hoylake hovercraft H-005 Hurley Spirit assists UK Coastguard in West Kirby
Article Sea safety
RNLI Hoylake Hovercraft assists UK Coastguard in rescue of two people and a dog
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West Kirby volunteers experience a flurry of shouts in the last days of 2019
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Article Sea safety
West Kirby volunteers experience a flurry of shouts in the last days of 2019
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