Beach safety

The beach is a wonderful place to be. If you’re heading to the coast, take a look at our advice and tips to help you have fun and stay safe.

There are a few things to remember before you hit the beach – and we’re not talking about packing your bodyboard. Please choose a lifeguarded beach, where trained professionals are on hand to keep you safe, in and out of the water. Read our safety advice too - it’ll be worth it, we promise.

Find a lifeguarded beach
Two lifeguards walking towards a red and yellow flag on a beach in Pembrokeshire.
Lifeguarded beaches
RNLI lifeguards patrol over 200 beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. Enjoy the coast and stay safe. 
Find a lifeguarded beach
How we keep them safe
A reconstruction of the rescue of a kitesurfer by lifeguards at Exmouth
How we keep beaches safe
From beach safety and prevention to rescuing those in trouble, find out how RNLI lifeguards keep beaches around the UK safe.
How we keep them safe
Get advice
A lifeguard talking to a family on the beach
Beach safety advice
We want you to stay safe while you’re at the beach. Our helpful tips will help you stay incident-free.
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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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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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