RNLI lifeguards are back on Sedgemoor District Council-managed beaches in Somerset.
A council spokesperson said it was in preparation for what is set to be a busy summer following the UK’s recent heatwave.
RNLI lifeguards will be patrolling Burnham-on- Sea and Berrow beaches daily from 10:00 until 18:00, alongside Sedgemoor-employed beach wardens, until 9th September.
The lifeguards have already completed two weeks of induction training and have visited 19 local schools to make sure that local children know about beach safety – in total they’ve spoken to 4,500 children ahead of the summer season.
The council spokesperson added: “All beach users are urged to follow safety signage and listen to any advice and warning information issued by Sedgemoor’s beach wardens or the RNLI Lifeguards – the staff are there to ensure your safety.”
Luke Penman, RNLI lifeguard supervisor said his lifeguards were looking forward to returning to Sedgemoor beaches this summer.
He added: “We encourage those thinking of a trip to the coast over the summer months to always visit a lifeguarded beach.
“If you’re heading into the sea, please respect the water and swim between the red and yellow flags, which have been designated as the safest swimming areas by lifeguards.
“RNLI lifeguards are fully-trained in all aspects of beach safety so if you have any questions please approach a lifeguard who will be more than happy to help or offer expert advice.”
Mr Penman said that it was important that swimmers raise their hands and call for help if they, or anyone else, is in trouble.
He continued: “It is very important that you don’t try and attempt the rescue yourself – the situation could easily turn and you could find yourself in trouble too.
“RNLI lifeguards will come to your assistance, or if something happens outside of the lifeguarding hours, phone 999 and ask for the coastguard.”