RNLI lifeguards begin peak season patrols at Dorset beaches

The RNLI lifeguards team pictured on Lyme Regis beach (photo by Alice Higgins)

RNLI lifeguards returned to Lyme Regis, West Bay and Greenhill beaches on Saturday, July 6 to run daily patrols until September. 

Saturday marked the beginning of the lifeguards’ peak season this year, when the warm weather and summer holidays draw many people to the beaches.

To keep beachgoers safe along the Jurassic Coast, RNLI lifeguards will patrol Lyme Regis, West Bay and Greenhill from 10am to 6pm every day until the peak season ends on Sunday 1 September. On Weymouth main beach, where RNLI lifeguard patrols began on Saturday, May 4, the number of lifeguards on duty will increase from four to five for the peak season.

The RNLI lifeguards patrol the beaches to offer advice, supervise those in the sea, and rescue people who find themselves in difficulty. To keep yourself safe and informed, it is always recommended that you speak to a lifeguard on arrival at the beach to find out about the conditions and hazards on that particular day.

Alice Higgins, RNLI lead lifeguard supervisor for the area, said: “It is great to see people outside and enjoying the Dorset coastline in the summer months but it is also important that people stay safe while doing so.

“Whether you are local or visiting on holiday, we always urge beachgoers to visit an RNLI lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags so that they are supervised while in the water. RNLI lifeguards also keep people safe on the shore by responding to first aid incidents and helping lost children.

“One particular danger to be aware of is using inflatables at the beach. These become very popular in the summer months but they are normally designed for pools rather than sea conditions.

“If you do use them at the beach, make sure that you remain close to the shore and that children are closely supervised. Never use inflatables when the orange windsock is flying or when the wind is blowing offshore as these conditions could drag them out to sea.”

For more information and to find your nearest lifeguarded beach visit https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeguarded-beaches

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