Lifeguards and beaches

Our lifeguards patrol beaches across the UK and Channel Islands. Find out more about this lifesaving service.

Please be aware that we will not be able to patrol as many beaches this summer because of the ongoing pandemic. But, with you by their side, your family can still safely enjoy the beach. Find out how.

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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. 
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Lifeguard training
Able to swim 200m in under 3½ minutes, run 200m on sand in under 40 seconds and trained in lifesaving and casualty care,  our lifeguards are always ready to help those in trouble
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Meet our lifeguards
Meet our lifesaving lifeguards and hear more about what it takes to be a lifeguard, what the job involves and rescues they’ve been involved in
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Find your nearest lifeguarded beach
RNLI lifeguards patrol selected beaches in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Jersey. Stay safe - choose a lifeguarded beach.
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