RNLI lifeguards return to Weymouth beach for 2018 summer season

Lifeguards News Release

With some welcome summer sunshine forecast for the Bank holiday weekend, the RNLI is reminding people heading to the coast to put safety first and head to a lifeguarded beach.

Lifeguards patrol water's edge

RNLI Nathan Williams

RNLI lifeguards will make a welcome return to Weymouth beach on Saturday (5 May) as patrols for the 2018 summer season get underway.

As in previous years, RNLI lifeguards have spent the last few weeks receiving world class training and being taught a variety of life-saving techniques so that they are ready for the start of the new season.

Alice Higgins, Lifeguard Supervisor says:

‘It’s that time again when the RNLI lifeguards make a welcome return to Weymouth beach. We’re hopeful for sunshine this Bank Holiday, but whatever the weather throws at us, we can expect the beach to be busy as visitors and locals enjoy their holidays.

‘If you are planning on getting in the water, it’s worth remembering the sea temperature is still very cold so it’s important people wear a suitable wetsuit and bring warm clothes to change into.

‘We urge beachgoers to head to an RNLI lifeguarded beach and to swim and bodyboard in the supervised area marked out by the red and yellow flags. Try and stay within your depth and follow the lifeguard’s advice. If you get into trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help. If you see someone else in trouble, tell a lifeguard, or if you can’t see a lifeguard, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.

‘It’s also important to check the tide times, which are at harbour offices and at the entrance to all RNLI lifeguarded beaches or by searching your nearest beach online. Always take a means of calling for help in case you should get caught out.’

Lifeguard patrols across the region will start on individual beaches at different dates between now and July. To find your nearest lifeguarded beach visit rnli.org

RNLI Nigel Millard

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