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RNLI beach safety

Each year, thousands of people get into serious difficulty around our coasts. To help you and your family stay safe, the RNLI offers some essential beach safety tips.

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

  1. Swim at a lifeguarded beach, between the red and yellow flags
  2. Never use inflatables in strong winds or rough seas
  3. Check weather and tide times before you go
  4. If you get into trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help
  5. If you see someone else in trouble, tell a lifeguard. If you can’t see a lifeguard, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard

Non-lifeguarded locations

For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach:

  1. Find out about your chosen beach before you go at goodbeachguide.co.uk
  2. Check weather and tides before you go
  3. Read the safety signs at the beach entrance to make yourself aware of specific local hazards
  4. If you get into trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help
  5. If you see someone in trouble, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard but don't attempt a rescue yourself 

For more information visit rnli.org.uk

 

 

 

 

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