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 2018 Cover ProvidedStart Date for Main Lifeguard Season 2018End Date for Main Lifeguard Season 2018October Cover Provided
Booby's Bay No 19th May 30th September No 
Carbis Bay No 7th July 2nd September No
Chapel Porth No 19th May 30th September No
Constantine Bay

30th March to the 15th April and weekends until the 5th May

5th May 30th September Weekends and from 20th to the 28th Ocbober 
Crackington Haven No 7th July 2nd September No
Crantock No 19th May 30th September No
Crooklets No 19th May 30th September No
Fistral (north) 30th March 30th March 28th October 28th October
Fistral (south) No 7th July 2nd September No
Freathy No 7th July 2nd September No
Great Western No 19th May 30th September No
Gunwalloe No 7th July 2nd September No 
Gwenver No 19th May 30th September No 
Godrevy No 19th May 30th September No
Gwithian 30th March to the 15th April and weekends until the 5th May 5th May 30th September Weekends and from the 20th to the 28th October 
Gwithian: Upton Towans No 19th May 30th September No
Gwithan: Common Towans No 19th May 30th September No
Gwithan: Mexico Towans No 19th May 30th September No
Gwithian: Hayle Towans 30th March to the 15th April and weekends until the 5th May 5th May 30th September No
Gyllyngvase No 19th May 30th September No
Harlyn Bay 30th March to the 15th April and weekends until the 5th May 5th May 30th September Weekends and from the 20th to 28th October
Holywell Bay No 19th May 30th September No
Kennack Sands No 19th May, weekends only until 7th July 30th September No
Lusty Glaze No 7th July 2nd September No
Marazion No 7th July 2nd September No
Mawgan Porth 30th March to the 15th April and weekends until the 5th May 5th May 30th September Weekends and from the 20th to 28th October
Northcott Mouth No 7th July 2nd September No
Perranporth 30th March to the 15th April and weekends until the 5th May 5th May 30th September Weekends and from the 20th to 28th October
Perran Sands No 19th May 30th September No
Perranuthnoe No 7th July 2nd September No
Poldu Cove No 19th May 30th September No
Polurrian Cove No 7th July, weekends and Bank Holidays only 2nd September No
Polzeath 30th March to the 15th April and weekends until the 5th May 5th May 30th September Weekends and from the 20th to 28th October
Porth No 19th May 30th September No
Porthcothan No 19th May 30th September No
Porthcurno No 19th May 30th September No
Porth Kidney No 7th July 2nd September No
Porthleven No 7th July 2nd September No
Porthmeor 30th March 30th March 28th October 28th October
Porthminster No 19th May 30th September No
Porthtowan 30th March to the 15th April and weekends until the 5th May 5th May 30th September Weekends and from the 20th to 28th October
Portreath No 19th May 30th September No
Praa Sands 30th March to the 15th April and weekends until the 5th May 5th May 30th September Weekends and from the 20th to 28th October
Sandymouth No 19th May 30th September No
Seaton No 19th May 30th September No
Sennen 30th March 30th March 28th October 28th October
Sharrow No 5th May 30th September No
St Agnes No 19th May 30th September No
Summerleaze 30th March to the 15th April and weekends until the 5th May 5th May 30th September Weekends and from the 20th to 28th October
Tolcarne No 19th May 30th September No
Towan 30th March to the 15th April and weekends until the 5th May 5th May 30th September Weekends and from the 20th to 28th October
Trebarwith No 19th May 30th September No
Tregantle No 5th May (Subject to firing range use) 30th September No
Tregonhawke No 5th May 30th September No
Trevone No 19th May 30th September No
Treyarnon No 5th May 30th September No
Watergate Bay 30th March to the 15th April and weekends until the 5th May 5th May 30th September Weekends and from the 20th to 28th October
Widemouth Bay 30th March to the 15th April and weekends until the 5th May 5th May 30th September Weekends and from the 20th to 28th October
Widemouth Bay (Black Rock)  No 19th May 30th September No