Beach Safety Flags UK

Please be aware of our coastline here in Cornwall. It can be treacherous even in what seems to the the best of weathers.

Most of the time beach goers have a great time. However, last year in the UK Lifeguards responded to 17,050 incidents with 19,353 people aided.

Cornwall’s beaches are rated among the best in the world !  80% of Cornwall is surrounded by the sea with the longest stretch of coastline in the UK at 476km. Please enjoy it safely. 

Beach safety
The RNLI provide a lifeguard service at the most popular beaches during the busiest months, however please check  RNLI website for more information.  Be careful whilst exploring beaches at low tide, don’t get cut off, check tide times too before you visit. Please be aware of Safety information notices. 


Beach Safety Flags


If the beach you’re at is not lifeguarded, please take extra care if you are going into the water. If lifeguards are on patrol, then you’ll need to know your flags:

Red and yellow flag
Red and yellow flags
Lifeguarded area. Safest area to swim, bodyboard and use inflatables.
 Black and white flag
Black and white chequered flags
For surfboards, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and other non-powered craft. Launch and recovery area for kitesurfers and windsurfers. Never swim or bodyboard here.
Red flag

Red flag

Danger! Never go in the water under any circumstances when the red flag is flying.

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