Beach Safety

Conditions at the coast and beach can change rapidly and can be very dangerous for a number of reasons.

People want to feel safe when they are using the beach or on the coast. We provide a range of safety services on beaches in Cornwall and along the coastline.

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There is always a need for those using the coastline to do safely and considerately.

If you are going to the beach always make sure you are aware of the tides. The sea can move quickly and if not careful you could get cut off by the tide. You can view tide times on the BBC website.

The RNLI now patrol over 200 beaches around the UK and provide a beach lifeguarding service not only on Council owned beaches in Cornwall but also on a number of beaches in the County that are privately owned.

The main lifeguard season runs from May to September. However, this does vary from beach to beach. For more information on the lifeguard service on specific beaches please refer to the table below. For more detailed information on beach safety please view the Beach Safety Tips page.

Beach safety signs are used to inform beach users about hazards on the beach, prohibited activities, beach lifeguard services and other appropriate local information such as bathing water quality. Please always read and take note of any signs on the beach you are visiting.

Public Rescue Equipment is positioned on many of the beaches in Cornwall and along some stretches of the coastline. This equipment includes life rings and torpedo tubes, attached to a length of rope and housed in units that provide information about dangers in the area.  If you have concerns about a piece of public rescue equipment being damaged or missing, please report this to us using the details on this page.

Beach NameEaster 2017 Cover ProvidedStart Date for Main Lifeguard Season 2017End Date for Main Lifeguard Season 2017October Cover Provided
Booby's Bay No 20th May 1st October No 
Chapel Porth No 20th May 1st October No
Constantine Bay 14th to 17th April 29th April 1st October No 
Crackington Haven No 8th July 3rd September No
Crantock No 20th May 1st October No
Fistral (north) 1st April 1st April 29th October 29th October
Fistral (south) No 8th July 3rd September No
Freathy No 8th July 3rd September No
Great Western No 20th May 1st October No
Gunwalloe No 8th July 3rd September No 
Gwenver No 20th May 1st October No 
Godrevy No 20th May 1st October No
Gwithian 1st to 17th April and weekend cover until main season 29th April 1st October Weekends and 21st to 29th October 
Gwithian: Upton Towans No 20th May 1st October No
Gwithan: Common Towans No 20th May 1st October No
Gwithan: Mexico Towans No 20th May 1st October No
Gwithian: Hayle Towans 14th to 17th April 29th April 1st October No
Gyllyngvase No 20th May 1st October No
Harlyn Bay 1st to 17th April and weekend cover until main season 29th April 1st October No
Holywell Bay No 20th May 1st October No
Kennack Sands No 20th May, weekends only until 8th July 3rd September No
Marazion No 8th July 3rd September No
Mawgan Porth No 20th May 1st October No
Northcott Mouth No 8th July 3rd September No
Perranporth 1st to 17th April and weekend cover until main season 29th April 1st October Weekends and 21st to 29th October
Perran Sands No 20th May 1st October No
Perranuthnoe No 8th July 3rd September No
Poldu Cove No 20th May 1st October No
Polurrian Cove No 8th July, weekends and Bank Holidays only 3rd September No
Polzeath 1st to 17th April and weekend cover until main season 29th April 1st October Weekends and 21st to 29th October
Porth No 20th May 1st October No
Porthcothan No 20th May 1st October No
Porthcurno No 20th May 1st October No
Porth Kidney No 8th July 3rd September No
Porthleven No 8th July 3rd September No
Porthmeor 1st to 17th April and weekend cover until main season 29th April 1st October Weekends and 21st to 29th October
Porthminster No 20th May 1st October No
Porthtowan 1st to 17th April and weekend cover until main season 29th April 1st October Weekends and 21st to 29th October
Portreath No 20th May 1st October No
Praa Sands 1st to 17th April and weekend cover until main season 29th April 1st October Weekends and 21st to 29th October
Sandymouth No 20th May 1st October No
Sennen 1st to 17th April and weekend cover until main season 29th April 1st October Weekends and 21st to 29th October
Sharrow No 29th April 1st October No
St Agnes No 20th May 1st October No
Summerleaze 1st to 17th April and weekend cover until main season 29th April 1st October Weekends and 21st to 29th October
Tolcarne No 20th May 1st October No
Towan 14th to 17th April 29th April 1st October No
Trebarwith No 20th May 1st October No
Tregantle 29th April weekeds and Bank Holidays 8th July 3rd September Weekends to 1st October
Tregonhawke No 29th April 1st October No
Trevone No 20th May 1st October No
Treyarnon No 29th April 1st October No
Widemouth Bay 1st to 17th April and weekend cover until main season 29th April 1st October Weekends and 21st to 29th October
Widemouth Bay (Black Rock)  No 20th May 1st October No