RNLI to increase lifeguard patrols on West Country beaches

Lifeguards stationed at Gwithian Beach. Credit: RNLI

The RNLI is increasing the number of beaches which will have a lifeguard service in the West Country.

From July, patrols will take place on more than 70% of the region’s beaches.

The announcement comes as warmer weather and a large swell is forecast, prompting a safety warning to surfers and beachgoers.

The view from the RNLI's Hayle office. Credit: Katherine Woods/RNLI

The charity, which only started reinstating lifeguard cover to beaches in June, will patrol the following beaches from Saturday 27 June:

  • Kennack

  • Gyllyngvase

  • Godrevy

  • Gwithian South

  • Upton Towans

  • Beachview

  • Porthminster

  • Gwenver

  • Porthcurno

  • Porthcothan

  • Boobys

  • Trevone

  • Dawish Warren

  • Teignmouth North

Further patrols will begin the following week, on Saturday, 4 July on these beaches:

  • Seaton

  • Tregantle

  • Crantock

  • Towan

  • Porth

  • Tolcarne

  • St Agnes

  • Perran Sands

  • Sandymouth

  • Westward Ho!

  • Sandymere

  • Sandy Bay

  • Blackpool Sands

  • Challaborough

  • Burnham-on-Sea

  • Lyme Regis

  • West Bay

Crackington Haven in Bude, meanwhile, will be lifeguarded from 9 July.

In order to comply with social distancing, all lifeguards have undergone new training and will be provided with PPE.

The RNLI will patrol 70% of the region's beaches by July. Credit: RNLI

Ahead of what is expected to be a warm weekend, the RNLI is also reminding surfers and beachgoers to stay safe and not enter the water alone.

Anyone planning a visit to the coast should remember and follow the RNLI’s safety advice:

  • Have a plan – check the weather forecast, tide times and read local hazard signage

  • Keep a close eye on your family – on the beach and in the water

  • Do not allow your family to swim or surf alone

  • Do not use inflatables

  • If you fall into the water unexpectedly, FLOAT TO LIVE, fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and FLOAT

  • In an emergency, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard