The May Bank Holiday weekend sees the return of lifeguard patrols to many of the region's beaches.
The RNLI is urging people heading to the coast to take heed of safety advice and swim in supervised areas between the red and yellow flags.
Here's lifeguard Ollie Shaldon explaining what to do if you get into difficulty:
14 beaches in Devon and Cornwall have over the two week break and 4 extra will be patrolled over the bank holiday weekendRead the full story ›
Special chairs that allow disabled people to use the beach will be back on Polzeath beach today - a year since they were destroyed by vandals.
Sand Chairs or beach access wheelchairs can be used in a range of outdoor environments. The adapted chairs cost thousands of pounds and the charity Disability Cornwall look for sponsors to help purchase them.
When they were destroyed at the Cornish beach last year it meant wheelchair users couldn't access the beach easily for the rest of the summer.
Two chairs will be back in action from today and they will be looked after by Wavehunters surf school.
These chairs were in constant demand from folk with a disability, amputees, older people and anyone else who needed them – it will be amazing to have a new pair on the beach – I am so excited!
Former Olympic rower James Cracknell and his son Croyde have been praised for their quick thinking and bravery after rescuing a family from drowning this weekend.
Cracknell and his son were surfing at Croyde Bay in Devon on Saturday when Croyde spotted a grandfather and his grandson struggling in the water and alerted his father before dashing over to help.
The 11-year-old surfer assisted Jim Greatorex, 67, telling him to hold on to his board, as his father made his way towards the man's grandson Emerson who reportedly was yelling "I'm 7, I'm too young to die."
After reaching the struggling swimmers the father and son Cracknell team were able to bring everyone back to safety and everyone walked away "shaken but fine".
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Respect the water-that's the message from the RNLI. The charity is launching a campaign today warning people to be extra careful this summer. It comes after new figures revealed 32 people lost their lives on the south west coast last year.
Schools are out and many West Country families are heading for the region's beaches. Here are some tips to stay safe this Summer.Read the full story ›
As a consultation about banning dogs from some St Ives beaches nears its end, dog owners have come together to fight the plansRead the full story ›
Our reporter Kathy Wardle is in St Ives covering the plans to ban dog walkers from some of the beaches all year round. The consultation is due to end on Friday. You can see her report on The West Country Tonight at 6pm.
A public consultation on plans to extend a ban on dogs from beaches in St Ives ends this Friday.
On some beaches dogs would be banned for 24 hours a day all year round under the new proposals.
At the moment dogs are allowed on the main beaches before 8am and after 7pm between May and September.