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Beach safety

Beaches and coastlines are great places to enjoy a range of watersports and other activities. Which activity you’re taking part in, take responsibility for your safety by making sure you are prepared for the conditions and properly trained.

If you see someone in difficulty, don’t attempt a rescue – tell a lifeguard, or dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.

Lifeguards on remote beach with safe swimming flags
  • Always swim at a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags.
  • Never swim alone.  
  • Make sure you understand and obey any safety flags at the beach and pay attention to the lifeguard, if there’s one on duty.    
  • Check the weather and tides before setting out.
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you’ll be back.
  • Don’t drink alcohol before going in or on the water.
  • Keep in touch – take some means of communication with you, like a mobile phone or a whistle.