Lifeguards and beaches
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 2022, 1,632 RNLI lifeguards provided cover on 242 beaches across the UK and Channel Islands. Their presence was needed as they attended 18,897 incidents, helped 23,204 people and saved 117 lives.
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.
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.
Find my nearest lifeguarded beach
I've been a lifeguard for 7 years and I've enjoyed every minute of it. I'd do it all over again - hopefully for seven more years.
Meet our lifeguards
What does it take to help protect the thousands of people who visit RNLI beaches every lifeguard season? Meet some of the people who will be keeping you safe at the coast.