With the RNLI lifeguard season drawing to a close this Sunday (30 September), the charity is urging those still using the water to head to one of the 19 beaches across Devon and Cornwall with extended patrols into October.
RNLI lifeguards will provide safety cover on Seaton, Praa Sands, Gwithian, Porthtowan, Perranporth, Towan, Watergate, Mawgan Porth, Harlyn, Constantine, Polzeath, Widemouth and Summerleaze in Cornwall, plus Woolacombe, and Bantham in Devon on weekends and during the school half term (Saturday 20 October until Sunday 28 October).
Fistral Beach in Newquay, Porthmeor beach in St Ives, Sennen Cove and Croyde in North Devon will have full-time lifeguard cover throughout the whole month, until 28 October.
Charlie Gillett, RNLI lifeguard supervisor for South East Cornwall says;
‘October typically sees bigger surf conditions and although the air temperature has dropped, the water temperature is still very warm as it’s been heated throughout the summer. As a result, we see more and more people wanting to spend their time at the beach and in the water before the short winter days approach.
‘Where there are no flags, there is no lifeguard service. Those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach can help keep themselves safe by taking note of the safety signage at the entrance to the beach, going with a friend or telling someone on the shore where they are going, at the same time always being aware of the conditions and their own capabilities in the water. Those who enjoy walking and exploring the coastline should also check the local tide times.’
The lifeguards will be on duty on the selected beaches between 10 am and 6 pm until the clocks go back on Sunday 28 October when the operational hours will be reduced to 10am-5pm for the last day of patrols.