During the half term holiday, RNLI lifeguards will be patrolling every day on beaches across Wales. The lifesaving charity is encouraging beachgoers to visit a lifeguarded beach.

This Saturday, May 25, marks the beginning of ‘main season’ for the RNLI lifeguards, meaning a greater number of beaches will be patrolled. The RNLI is encouraging that people heading to the coast should visit a lifeguarded beach.

From this Saturday, the following Pembrokeshire beaches will be patrolled from 10am-6pm:

Whitesands, Newgale Central and Tenby South will be patrolled every day from May 25 – June 2. Whitesands and Tenby South will then remain open full time after the half-term week. Newgale Central will be patrolled on weekends only until June 15 when it opens full time.

Lead Lifeguard Supervisor for Swansea Vinny Vincent said:

“During the half term holiday, RNLI lifeguards will be patrolling every day on beaches across Wales. We encourage anyone planning on visiting the coast to choose a lifeguarded beach.

“Remember to swim and bodyboard between the red and yellow flags, or surf, kayak or stand-up paddleboard between the black and white flags.

“The lifeguards position the flags in the safest area of the beach, if you see a red flag the lifeguards have deemed that area of the beach as unsafe. If you ever have any questions feel free to approach the lifeguards, we’re a friendly bunch!”

RNLI Water Safety Lead Chris Cousens said:

“We expect a great number of people to visit the coast this bank holiday weekend and during the half-term holiday. The RNLI wants people to enjoy themselves, whilst staying safe.

“There are a number of beaches being patrolled by RNLI lifeguards across Wales. We advise that people should choose to visit one of these beaches between 10am and 6pm when the lifeguards are on patrol, and always swim between the red and yellow flags.

“Remember, it's safest not to go into the water alone - the person you're with can help you stay safe. And ensure that you’re always carrying a mobile phone.

“If you unexpectedly find yourself in difficulty in the water, float to live. If you see anyone else in difficulty anywhere along the coast, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.”