Without you by their side, children are vulnerable at the beach. They need you to protect them from the sea's unpredictable waves, rip currents and cold water. And, this summer, fewer lifeguard patrols will be on hand to supervise or rescue your family.
What do you need to avoid?
Don't use inflatables - they get swept out to sea, with you or your child on them. And watch out for rip currents. Here's how to spot them and get out of them. Every beach is different, so make a point of reading any safety signs.
How to spot a rip current
How to get out of a rip current
What if you do get into danger?
If you have your mobile phone, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard, and they will send help. Leave difficult rescues to the lifesavers. If there are lifeguards nearby, alert them. If you or your children are struggling in the water, remember: FLOAT TO LIVE.
What rescue teams are available?
Although there won't be lifeguard patrols on every beach, RNLI lifeboat crews, MCA Coastguards and helicopters are at the ready to answer every call for help, 24/7.
The RNLI is a charity - we rely on donations to equip, train and support our lifesaving services around the coast.
How can you help?
Share the safety messages with your loved ones through social media or email. Power the RNLI's lifesavers through their toughest summer with a donation. And we'd love to send you news, rescue stories, videos and more from our lifesaving charity - simply sign up to our emails.