Bringing inflatables to the beach

With temperatures rising, you might fancy heading to the beach to enjoy the sun. 

Will you be packing an inflatable?

Inflatables can be great fun when they’re used safely. But every summer, they’re one of the most common reasons our lifeboat crews and lifeguards are called to action. 

They’re not designed for the beach so it’s easy to get swept out to sea. Like this teenage girl who was rescued by Blackpool RNLI after drifting away in an inflatable dinghy. 

So, if you’re bringing an inflatable to the beach, remember these safety tips:

  • choose a lifeguarded beach 
  • use your inflatable close to shore and between the red and yellow flags
  • make sure children are supervised
  • never use inflatables in big waves or when orange windsock is flying.

And remember, if you see someone in trouble, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.