Safety

The coast is an exciting place to be – but it’s easier than you think to get into trouble in the water. Stay safe with our essential safety advice.
The coast is an exciting place to be – but it’s easier than you think to get into trouble in the water. Stay safe with our essential safety advice.

Photo: Andrew Parish

Don't be a statistic

8,851 launches in 2016

20,538 people aided by our lifeguards

The risk factors
The sea surface from under the water
Know the risks
It's easier than you think to get into trouble at the coast. Get to grips with the common risk factors and find out how to minimise them. 
The risk factors
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Kitesurfer in Poole Harbour
Choose your activity
Our safety advice covers a broad range of water activities to help keep you safe at the coast.
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Lifeguards at Mawgan Porth beach, Cornwall.
Beach safety
Before you head to the beach, have a look at our advice and tips to help you have fun and stay safe. 
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Respect the Water
Respect the Water is our national drowning prevention campaign. Find out how you can help to spread our safety messages and save more lives.
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Children taking part in Swim Safe with the RNLI and Amateur Swimming Association (ASA)
Swim Safe
Find out about free summer Swim Safe sessions for children aged 7-14 years with the RNLI and ASA.
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