Thanet RNLI Community Safety

Our ultimate guide to finding a lifeguarded beach in Thanet

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

It’s Hot Out There – What To Do If You Get Into Difficulty!

Even over the Summer months, the temperature of the sea will remain around 10 – 14 degree’s, low enough to trigger ‘cold water shock’.  Our team are urging people if they get into difficulty in the water try to fight the urge to panic (thrash around etc) and float on your back until you get your breathing under control.  Watch this video now, it just could help save your life – please share.  #Floattolive #Respectthewater #BeWaterAware

It’s Hot Out There – RNLI – Float to Live Campaign

More useful links:

Find your nearest lifeguarded beach

Float to live campaign

Survivors Story – Evan’s Story

Beach Safety

Cold Water Shock – know the facts

Free swimming lessons at the coast – Swim Safe Margate

Inflatables advice

 

 

4 Top Hacks To Help Keep You Safe At The Coast

 

These four top hacks in the form of the Water Safety Code will help keep you safe whilst at the coast. The Water Safety Code is shared by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), Royal Lifesaving Society Society (RLSS) and Swim England – all key Drowning Prevention and Water Safety organisations.   It is integral in helping to keep people safe at the coast or at any stretch of water.

Water Safety Code

  1.   STOP and THINK – Look for dangers. Always Read The Signs

 

 

 

2.  STAY TOGETHER – Never Swim Alone. Always go with friends or family

3.   IN AN EMERGENCY : Shout for help if you are in difficulty, call ‘999’ or ‘112’ ask for the Coastguard at the Coast or Fire Service inland

 

4.   If you fall in, Float on your back, ‘Float to live’  – check out the video below. Throw something that floats to anyone who has fallen in.

More information on drowning prevention

HM Coastguard Safety Advice At The Coast

Free Swimming Lessons In Thanet

National Water Safety Forum

Where Can I Find A Lifeguarded Beach In Kent

 

Visiting the coast whilst on holiday – know what to do in a coastal emergency?

Visiting the coast whilst on holiday, a short break or just for the day is always a great opportunity to unwind and spend quality time with friends and or the family. Maybe you will take in a bracing coastal walk, take part in some form of water activity or out on the water? Sometimes whilst on holiday people will take risks around water which they wouldn’t normally do. Follow our top 10 tips to enable you to have a safe, but enjoyable time:

  1. Consider signing up for some training before undertaking any form of activity on the water from a recognised training provider
  2. Wear a buoyancy aid or properly serviced lifejacket
  3. Always carry a means of ‘calling for help’ eg mobile phone even if you walking along the coast or a VHF radio in a waterproof case if you are out on the water with flares and a Personal Locator Beacon
  4. Check the weather and tide times before you venture out
  5. Be aware of your surroundings at all times and heed local hazard warning signs
  6. If you should see or hear an animal or person in difficulty at the coast or in the water call ‘999’ and ask for the Coastguard giving an accurate location
  7. Download the SafeTrx App and use it to keep safe whilst swimming, kayacking, sailing or diving
  8. Always supervise your children when they are in the water
  9. Use a lifeguarded beach where possible
  10. If you do find yourself in the water unexpectedly always float to live

This blog is part of our commitment to supporting the National Fire Chief’s Drowning Prevention campaign week. Always check out all the #BeWaterAware social media postings for more safety advice.

Always be aware of your surroundings and local hazard warning signs