Enjoying West Kirby Beach safely

Meet Rich, one of the RNLI lifeguards at West Kirby Beach, and find out how you and your loved ones can enjoy your time here safely.

On West Kirby Beach, make sure you:

  • keep a close eye on your children – the beach is large and can be busy.

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.

Hilbre Islands

 

You can walk across to Hilbre Islands from West Kirby Beach at low tide. It makes a fantastic day out, but with the tide cutting the islands off from the beach twice a day, it’s really important to plan your trip in advance. 

When visiting Hilbre Islands, be sure to:

  • check the tide times – they are different every day 
  • walk out to the islands 3 hours after high tide as the tide goes out and return at least 3 and a half hours before high tide as the tide comes in to avoid being cut off by the tide
  • take note of the safe routes, shown on the noticeboard in Dee Lane, West Kirby
  • do not attempt to walk out to the islands in the dark or fog
  • walk with caution and avoid slippery rocks
  • watch out for unstable cliffs
  • check the weather forecast and dress appropriately - there is no shelter on the islands
  • take a mobile phone and let someone know what time to expect you back
  • in an emergency, alert the lifeguards or call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.