Beach patrols 2020
RNLI lifeguards will begin their summer safety patrols on St Ouen’s from Saturday 23rd May between 10am and 6pm. We are currently looking at a combination of soaring temperatures, large swells and spring tides creating challenging conditions. There are currently no lifeguard patrols on any other beaches in Jersey and we encourage people to take care to understand the risks at the coast and the necessary steps to keep themselves safe.
Anyone planning a visit to the coast, please remember and follow safety advice:
- Stay together (with a member of your household) and do not surf alone
- Beginner surfers – please do not surf during this period
- Be aware of rip currents (typically identifiable as areas where the waves are not breaking or channels of churning, choppy water on the sea’s surface)
- Have a plan - check the weather forecast, tide times and read local hazard signage
- Don’t allow your family to swim alone
- Don’t use inflatables
- If you fall into the water unexpectedly, FLOAT TO LIVE. Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and Float
- In an emergency dial 999, and ask for the Coastguard
The RNLI lifeguards started their first season on Jersey's beaches on 28 May 2011. They patrol the western beaches on Jersey.
The majority of the lifeguards live in Jersey and have now worked on Jersey's beaches with the RNLI for several seasons.
Education & Prevention
As part of the preventative and educational aspects of their role, the lifeguards visit local schools to deliver vital beach safety education. They are also involved in the RNLI's Swim Safe programme which teaches children aged 7-14 how to stay safe in and around coastal and open waters. Details on the Swim Safe programme can be found here.
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