We are unable to have as many lifeguard patrols as normal this year, due to the ongoing pandemic. For information and the latest advice, visit our beach safety page.
Heading down to the coast or out on the water is a great way to have fun and stay active. But, if you’re not careful, it’s a lot easier to get into trouble in the water than you might think. Conditions can change quickly and, if you’re not prepared, you can easily get caught out.
The RNLI are sea safety experts. We’ve collected together all our advice in one place, so you can find the information you need to make the most out of your time at the coast. Whether you’re going to the beach, exploring the coast, or venturing out onto the water, we have the sea safety advice to help you stay safe.
We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to coastal safety, so you know what dangers to look out for when you head to the coast. Thinking of going kayaking? Angling? Surfing? Our sea safety experts have created activity guides covering a whole range of watersports and hobbies, so you can prepare yourself properly for the challenges of your chosen activity. There’s even advice for your dog!
If you’re looking for water safety activities for kids, check out Swim Safe – our free summer water safety sessions for children aged 7-14. We’ve also put together some beach safety advice to help you find a safe place to enjoy the sun, sand and sea in the summer.
For those after more detailed advice on sea safety, we’ve also created some specialist sessions that provide in-depth guidance and cover a range of safety topics.
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