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RNLI Urges coast-goers to stay safe as Lifeguard season comes to an end

Lifeguards News Release

The RNLI is urging people heading to the coast to stay safe now that the lifeguarding season draws to a close.

RNLI/Nigel Millard

Chris Cousens, RNLI Community Safety Partner, said: ‘With the weather starting to turn colder as we head into the Autumn and Winter, and sea conditions becoming more challenging, we are asking people to take more care on the coasts. With no lifeguards on duty we are reminding people that if they get into difficulty themselves, or they see someone in difficulty on the coast or at sea call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.

Our volunteer lifeboat crews remain on call all year round, and are ready to assist 24 hours a day, but the best thing we can advise is that if you are heading to the coast please respect the water, check tide times online or locally and read coastal safety signs and follow the advice on them’.

RNLI lifeguards patrol over 249 beaches around the UK and Channel Islands.

RNLI lifeguards are qualified in lifesaving and casualty care, highly trained, strong and fit. They must be able to swim 400m in under 7½ minutes, and run 200m on sand in under 40 seconds. However, a good lifeguard rarely gets wet - 95 per cent of a lifeguard's work is preventative.

RNLI lifeguards monitor sea conditions and set up the appropriate flags, watch the people on the beach and offer safety advice both on the beach and in classrooms through our education programmes.

With the summer drawing to a close and children heading back to school, the RNLI’s Lifeguards are beginning to finish for the season on most of the beaches they patrol in Wales.

Matt Childs RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor said: ‘This has been an incredibly busy season for our lifeguards, mostly as a result of the long spells of great weather bringing lots of people to the beaches. Our team have dealt with hundreds of incidents and ensured that thousands of people have visited the coast in safety this summer.

Now that many RNLI lifeguard patrols have finished we urge those choosing to visit the beach to do so with great care, always considering the changeable and dangerous nature of our coastline.

If you see someone in difficulty we advise that your first action is to call the Coastguard via 999 and attempt to pass a floatation aid to the individual in difficulty’.

You can find a list of Lifeguarded beaches here.

Notes to editors:

Welsh Lifeguarded Beaches Season End Dates:

Finish 2nd September

  • Rhyl

  • Prestatyn

  • Pink Bay

  • Coney / Sandy Bay

  • Whitmore Bay (Barry)

  • Southerndown

  • Ogmore

  • Llantwit major

  • Aberavon

  • Swansea Bay

  • Langland

  • Caswell

  • Port Eynon

  • Three Cliffs

  • Pembrey

  • Pendine Sands

  • Amroth

  • Saundersfoot

  • Tenby North

  • Tenby Castle

  • Tenby South

  • Freshwater West

  • Broad Haven

  • Nolton Haven

  • Newgale South

  • Newgale Central

  • Newgale North

  • Newport Sands

  • Poppit Sands

  • Borth

  • Clarach

  • Aberstwyth North

  • Aberstwyth South

  • New Quay Harbour

  • Llangrannog

  • Tresaith

  • Aberporth

Finish 23rd September

  • Trecco Bay

  • Rest Bay (Weekends Only)

Finish 28th October


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