Coronavirus (COVID-19): change to service

On advice from the government regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), some services have changed. Find our latest information and advice on using our Beaches in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

See further information about changes to services.

Helping you stay safe at sea

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has lifeguards on Bournemouth’s seafront between May and September each year. There are ten lifeguard stations between Alum Chine and Southbourne.

There are volunteer lifeguards at Durley Chine, Boscombe and Southbourne

Swimming advice

We have some advice for staying safe at the sea: 

  • Always swim at a lifeguarded beach
  • Swim between the red and yellow flags
  • Never swim alone
  • Never use inflatables in strong winds or rough seas

If you get in trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help.