Welcome to our ultimate guide to finding a lifeguarded beach in Thanet.   Before we run through the lifeguarded beaches we thought we would refresh you on the Top 10 Safety Tips which should consider when visiting the beach:

  1.  Do you remember what the beach safety flags stand for?

   Red and white Prohibition sign – Do not enter the water at any time. Swimming and other water-related activities are not permitted.

2. Always swim and body board between the red and yellow flags on a lifeguarded beach

3. Never swim alone, always take a friend or family member

4. Always read and obey the safety signs, usually found at the beach entrance. These will help you  avoid potential hazards on the beach and identify the safest areas for swimming.

5.  Should you get into difficulty float on your back (‘Float to Live’), once you have got your breath back, stick your hand in the air and shout for help (international distress signal).

6.  If you see someone in difficulty, don’t attempt a rescue. Alert a lifeguard straight away, or, if you can’t see a lifeguard, call ‘999’ or ‘112’ and ask for the Coastguard.

7. Inflatable Safety – Inflatables are designed for pools and not the sea where they can easily be swept out. If you do use them at the beach, check out our blog to help keep you safe

8.  Know about Cold Water Shock and how it can affect you. More information check out the video below:

10.   Missing children are a regular issue for lifeguards and the Coastguard during Summer months. Five top tips to keep your children safe at the beach

RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Stuart Cattell

Here is a comprehensive list of the lifeguarded beaches in Thanet. All links are to the Beach Guide and Google Maps.

Botany Bay – CT10 3LG

Google Maps

Lifeguard Cover : 25th May – 1st September 2019 10:00am-6pm

Joss Bay Beach – CT10 3PG

Google Maps

Lifeguard Cover: 25th May – 1st September 2019 10:00am-6pm

Margate Main Sands – CT9 1XP

Google Maps

Lifeguard Cover: 25th May – 1st September 2019 10:00am-6pm

Minnis Bay – CT7 9QR

Google Maps

Lifeguard Cover: Weekends and Bank holidays only 25th May – 30th June 2019

Daily – 6th July -1st September patrol times 10:00am-6pm

Ramsgate Main Beach – CT11 8JD

Google Maps

Lifeguard Cover: Weekends and Bank holidays only 25th May – 30th June 2019

Daily – 6th July -1st September patrol times 10:00am-6pm

St Mildred’s Bay – CT8 8AU

Google Maps

Lifeguard cover: Weekends and Bank holidays only 25th May – 30th June 2019

Daily – 6th July -1st September patrol times 10:00am-6pm

Stone Bay Beach – CT10 1ED

Google Maps

Lifeguard Cover: Weekends and Bank holidays only 25th May – 30th June 2019

Daily – 6th July -1st September patrol times 10:00am-6pm

Viking Bay (Broadstairs) – CT10 1NB

Google Maps

Lifeguard Cover: 25th May – 1st September 2019 10:00am-6pm

West Bay (Westgate-on-Sea) Beach – CT8 8QG

Google Maps

Lifeguard Cover: Weekends and Bank holidays only 25th May – 30th June 2019

Daily – 6th July -1st September patrol times 10:00am-6pm

Westbrook Bay Beach – CT9 5DW

Google Maps

Lifeguard Cover: Weekends and Bank holidays only 25th May – 30th June 2019

Daily – 6th July -1st September patrol times 10:00am-6pm

 

More useful links:

RNLI Lifeguards are patrolling daily Kent beaches

How to become a lifeguard?

Thanet Lifeguard Club

Broadstairs Surf Lifesaving Club


Andy Mills

Thanet RNLI Community Safety Officer Striving to reduce accidental drownings by 50% by 2024 by spreading key safety messages to Thanet communities and its visitors.