The RNLI is offering safety advice to those visiting the coast this Bank Holiday weekend and encouraging people to visit a lifeguarded beach.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is encouraging anyone planning on heading to the coast to enjoy this weekend to do so safely, by visiting a lifeguarded beach and swimming between the red and yellow flags.

RNLI lifeguards will be patrolling at Whitesands Beach and Tenby South Beach in Pembrokeshire this Bank Holiday from 10am-6pm.

Black and white chequered flags indicate an area monitored by lifeguards for use of watercraft such as surfboards and kayaks.

If you see a red flag flying, the lifeguards have deemed that area of the beach as dangerous. The RNLI recommends that you do not enter the water.

If you ever have any questions, feel free to approach the lifeguards. They’re a friendly bunch and are always happy to offer advice.

After the Bank Holiday weekend, Whitesands Beach and Tenby South Beach will both be patrolled on weekends only until 25 May.

Chris Cousens Water Safety Lead for Wales said:

“We want people and their families to enjoy the coastline, but to do so safely. We encourage people to always swim at a lifeguarded beach.

‘Whilst out on the coast, if find yourself or see anyone else in difficulty, remember to call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard. If you find yourself in trouble in the water, Float to Live.

‘Our volunteer lifeboat crews are on call 24/7 to come to your aid. If in doubt, call it in as it’s always better safe than sorry.’

RNLI Float to Live advice:

  • Tilt your head back with your ears submerged
  • Relax and try to breathe normally
  • Move your hands around to help you stay afloat
  • It’s okay if your legs sink, we all float differently
  • Spread your arms and legs to improve stability 

To find your nearest lifeguarded beach, visit: Lifeguarded Beaches - Find Your Nearest Lifeguarded Beach (