Across the UK and Channel Islands, RNLI lifeguards help keep people visiting the beach safe. If you’re heading to the coast, choose a lifeguarded beach.

RNLI lifeguards have been patrolling beaches since 2001. They share safety advice, provide first aid to those who need it, and saving the lives of those who get in trouble in the water. 

In 2021, 1,646 RNLI lifeguards provided cover on 145 beaches across the UK and Channel Islands. Their presence was needed as they attended 18,180 incidents, helped 40,762 people and saved 112 lives.
RNLI Lifeguard Richard Evans reaching out to rescue someone on his rescue board

Photo: RNLI / Nathan Williams

RNLI Lifeguard Richard Evans reaching out to rescue someone on his rescue board

Lifeguard training

Before a lifeguard sets foot on a beach, they take part in months of training. From a rigorous fitness test to learning vital casualty care skills, it takes a lot of hard work, dedication and commitment in order to save lives at the beach.

lifeguard on the lookout at the beach

How we keep our beaches safe

Keeping you safe at the beach isn’t just about rescues. It’s about knowing all the hazards in the local area, sharing safety advice with visitors to the beach, and intervening before someone gets in any danger at all. Find out how lifeguards protect you and your loved ones at the beach.

Meet our lifeguards

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Learn more about lifeguarding

RNLI Lifeguard stands prepares to enter sea on rescue board
Lifeguard training
RNLI lifeguards are an essential part of our seamless rescue service that saves lives from the beach to the open sea.
Lifeguard training
RNLI Lifeguards running along the beach in Portrush
How we keep beaches safe
The beach is the perfect place for fresh air and family fun. But the sea is unpredictable and can take you by surprise. If you get into difficulty, who is there to help you?
How we keep beaches safe
Two lifeguards patrolling the beach
Meet our lifeguards
RNLI lifeguards patrol over 240 beaches in the UK and the Channel Islands. They are qualified in lifesaving and casualty care, highly trained and strong and fit - able to swim 200m in under 3½ minutes and run 200m on sand in under 40 seconds.
Meet our lifeguards
RNLI Lifeguard
Find my nearest lifeguarded beach

If you are heading to the coast, choose a lifeguarded beach. Find the nearest one you so you can stay safe and have fun at the coast this summer.

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