RNLI Stay Safe

As you enjoy the natural environment there are dangers to be aware of especially while you spend time around the coast. Please follow Cornwall Council Beach Safety Advice below.
Surfers, swimmers and all watersports enthusiasts should observe the advice of RNLI Lifeguards and carefully read notices at the beach entrances.

RNLI Lifeguards on Polzeath beach


Please note that RNLI Lifeguard cover is only provided at 20 selected beaches in Cornwall, including Polzeath beach, from Easter to October half term.

The RNLI provide the following advice:

  • Always swim at a lifeguarded beach
  • Swim between the red and yellow flags
  • Never swim alone
  • Know your beach safety flags
  • Never use inflatables in strong winds or rough seas
  • If you get into trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help
  • 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
  • Find out about the beach you’re going to before you visit
  • Check tide times before you go
  • Read and obey local hazard signs

For more information visit www.rnli.org