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 2019 Cover ProvidedStart Date for Main Lifeguard Season 2019End Date for Main Lifeguard Season 2019October Cover Provided
Booby's Bay No 18th May 29th September No 
Carbis Bay No 6th July 3rd September No
Chapel Porth No 18th May 29th September No
Constantine Bay

6th March to the 22nd April and weekends until the 4th May

4th May 29th September Weekends and from 19th to the 27th Ocbober 
Crackington Haven No 6th July 3rd September No
Crantock No 18th May 29th September No
Crooklets No 18th May 29th September No
Fistral (north) 6th April 6th April 27th October 27th October
Fistral (south) No 6th July 3rd September No
Freathy No 6th July 3rd September No
Great Western No 18th May 29th September No
Gunwalloe No 6th July 3rd September No 
Gwenver No 18th May 29th September No 
Godrevy No 18th May 29th September No
Gwithian 6th to the 22nd April and weekends until the 4th May 4th May 29th September Weekends and from the 19th to the 27th October 
Gwithian: Upton Towans No 18th May 29th September No
Gwithan: Common Towans No 18th May 29th September No
Gwithan: Mexico Towans No 18th May 29th September No
Gwithian: Hayle Towans 6th to the 22nd April and weekends until the 4th May 4th May 29th September No
Gyllyngvase No 18th May 29th September No
Harlyn Bay 6thh to the 22th April and weekends until the 4th May 4th May 29th September Weekends and from the 19th to 27th October
Holywell Bay No 18th May 29th September No
Kennack Sands No 18th May 29th September No
Lusty Glaze No 6th July 3rd September No
Marazion No 6th July 3rd September No
Mawgan Porth 6th to the 22nd April and weekends until the 4th May 4th May 29th September Weekends and from the 19th to 27th October
Northcott Mouth No 6th July 3rd September No
Perranporth 6th to the 22nd April and weekends until the 4th May 5th May 29th September Weekends and from the 19th to 27th October
Perran Sands No 18th May 29th September No
Perranuthnoe No 6th July 3rd September No
Poldu Cove No 18th May 29th September No
Polurrian Cove No 6th July, weekends only 1st September No
Polzeath 6th to the 22nd April and weekends until the 4th May 4th May 29th September Weekends and from the 19th to 27th October
Porth No 18th May 29th September No
Porthcothan No 18th May 29th September No
Porthcurno No 18th May 29th September No
Porth Kidney No 6th July 3rd September No
Porthleven No 6th July 3rd September No
Porthmeor 6th April 6th April 27th October 27th October
Porthminster No 18th May 29th September No
Porthtowan 6th March to the 22nd April and weekends until the 4th May 4th May 29th September Weekends and from the 19th to 27th October
Portreath No 18th May 29th September No
Praa Sands 6th to the 22th April and weekends until the 4th May 4th May 29th September Weekends and from the 19th to 27th October
Sandymouth No 18th May 29th September No
Seaton No 18th May 29th September No
Sennen 6th April 6th April 27th October 27th October
Sharrow No 4th May 29th September No
St Agnes No 18th May 29th September No
Summerleaze 6th to the 22nd April and weekends until the 4th May 4th May 29th September Weekends and from the 19th to 27th October
Tolcarne No 18th May 29th September No
Towan 6th to the 22th April and weekends until the 4th May 4th May 29th September Weekends and from the 19th to 27th October
Trebarwith No 18th May 29th September No
Tregantle No 4th May (Subject to firing range use) 29th September No
Tregonhawke No 4th May 29th September No
Trevone No 18th May 29th September No
Treyarnon No 4th May 29th September No
Watergate Bay 6th to the 22nd April and weekends until the 4th May 4th May 29th September Weekends and from the 19th to 27th October
Widemouth Bay 6th to the 22nd April and weekends until the 4th May 4th May 29th September Weekends and from the 19th to 27th October
Widemouth Bay (Black Rock)  No 18th May 29th September No