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Summer lifeguards in place at Minster, Sheerness and Leysdown beaches

Published Monday 5 July, 2021
Last updated on Monday 5 July, 2021

People visiting beaches this summer will now see lifeguards every day until the end of the summer.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguard service starts this weekend (10 Jul) and runs until the end of the summer season (5 Sep).

Cllr Monique Bonney, cabinet member for economy and property, said:

“All three of our bathing beaches will have a full lifeguard service from this weekend until the end of the summer season.

“We’ve had weekend and bank holiday cover at Sheerness and Leysdown beaches since 29 May, but now the summer season is here, we’ll have lifeguards on duty every day at all of our beaches.

“We only had lifeguards at Leysdown beach last summer because lockdown prevented the RNLI to carry out their extensive and rigorous training of new lifeguards.

“This created a nationwide shortage with only the busiest beaches around the country having a lifeguard summer service.

“In the absence of lifeguards last year, we employed beach security officers to provide an additional layer of support for beach goers which had positive feedback. This year our covid marshals will be available at our beaches and other hotspots throughout the borough.

“Please remember, being able to see a lifeguard isn’t an excuse for taking risks, and even though a beach has lifeguards, people should always be careful in and around the water.

“In the case of an emergency at the beach, seafront or sea, dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.”

Sam Woodard, RNLI Lead Lifeguard Supervisor for Thanet and Swale, said:

“We are very happy to be back at full capacity for this summer on the beaches at Minster and Sheerness.

“With travel still restricted, we’re expecting a very busy summer and we’d encourage people, where possible, to visit a lifeguarded beach, to swim between the flags and to leave their inflatables at home.

“We want everyone to have a great summer on our beaches, and we want to make sure everyone gets home safely at the end of the day.

“If you have any incidents or need safety advice, please come and ask our lifeguards – they’ll be very happy to help.”

For more information about our beaches visit www.swale.gov.uk/seafront.

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