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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 2020 Cover ProvidedStart Date for Main Lifeguard Season 2020End Date for Main Lifeguard Season 2020October Cover Provided
Booby's Bay No 27th June 27th September No 
Carbis Bay No No No No
Chapel Porth No 20th June 27th September No
Constantine Bay

No

30th May 27th September Weekends and from 24th October to the 1st November 
Crackington Haven No 11th July 6th September No
Crantock No 4th July 27th September No
Crooklets No 17th June 27th September No
Fistral (north) No 30th May 1st November 1st November
Fistral (south) No Watched from Fistral North Watched from Fistral North No
Freathy No Watched from Sharrow Watched from Sharrow No
Great Western No Watched from Towan Watched from Towan No
Gunwalloe No No No No 
Gwenver No 27th June 27th September No 
Godrevy No 27th June 27th September No
Gwithian No 30th May 27th September Weekends and from the 24th October to the 1st November
Gwithian: Upton Towans No 27th June 27th September No
Gwithan: Common Towans No 27th June 27th September No
Gwithan: Mexico Towans No Watched from Upton Watched from Upton No
Gwithian: Hayle Towans No 13th June 27th September No
Gyllyngvase No 27th June 27th September No
Harlyn Bay No 20th June 27th September Weekends and from the 24th October to the 1st November
Holywell Bay No 20th June 27th September No
Kennack Sands No 27th June 27th September No
Lusty Glaze No No No No
Marazion No No No No
Mawgan Porth No 30th May 27th September Weekends and from the 24th October to the 1st November
Northcott Mouth No No No No
Perranporth No 30th May 27th September Weekends and from the 24th October to the 1st November
Perran Sands No 4th July 27th September No
Perranuthnoe No No No No
Poldu Cove No 13th June 27th September No
Polurrian Cove No No No No
Polzeath No 30th May 27th September Weekends and from the 24th October to the 1st November
Porth No 4th July 27th September No
Porthcothan No 27th June 27th September No
Porthcurno No 27th June 27th September No
Porth Kidney No Watched from Hayle Towans Watched from Hayle Towans No
Porthleven No No No No
Porthmeor 6th April 13th June 1st November 1st November
Porthminster No 27th June 27th September No
Porthtowan No 31th May 27th September Weekends and from the 24th October to the 1st November
Portreath No 20th June 27th September No
Praa Sands No 13th June 27th September Weekends and from the 24th October to the 1st November
Sandymouth No 4th July 27th September No
Seaton No 4th July 27th September No
Sennen No 13th June 1st November 1st November
Sharrow No 20th June 27th September No
St Agnes No 4th July 27th September No
Summerleaze No 4th May 27th September Weekends and from the 24th October to the 1st November
Tolcarne No TBC TBC No
Towan No 4th July 27th September Weekends and from the 24th October to the 1st November
Trebarwith No 20th June 27th September No
Tregantle No 4th July (Subject to firing range use) 27th September No
Tregonhawke No 20th June 27th September No
Trevone No 27th June 27th September No
Treyarnon No 17th June 27th September No
Watergate Bay No 13th June 27th September Weekends and from the 24th October to the 1st November
Widemouth Bay No 30th May 27th September Weekends and from the 24th October to the 1st November
Widemouth Bay (Black Rock)  No Watched from Widemouth Watched from Widemouth No