Woolacombe Beach in Devon is an RNLI lifeguarded beach.

Woolacombe Beach

Woolacombe is predominantly a family beach with good surf, lots of car park spaces and plenty of facilities both on the beach and in town. During the peak season there are two bathing areas, if conditions permit.

Lifeguard patrol times 2022

Daily 9 April–25 September
Weekends and Bank Holidays Only 1-16 October
October Half Term 22-30 October

Today's weather

9°C Rain
Min: 7°C Max: 9°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 search on goodbeachguide.co.uk 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?

Join the team and you’ll be trained, respected and well paid. 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 more about lifeguard training.

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

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News and media from Woolacombe Beach

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Busy few days for RNLI lifeguards as the hot weather continues
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Article Sea safety
Croyde and Woolacombe continue full time RNLI lifeguard service through October
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Shannon class lifeboat at sea returning to station
Article Lifeboats
Ilfracombe RNLI launched to swimmers in difficulties off Woolacombe beach
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