Enjoying the beach and the water? Here are some lifeguard tips!

  • Please only swim on places where it is allowed and safe, and where lifeguards are on duty.
  • Make sure you are fit and healthy enough to swim and enjoy the watersports. And do not forget to wear sunscreen!
  • Never swim alone. Even the most experienced swimmer can get in trouble! (e.g. cramp)
  • Are you not able to swim? Do not enter the water any deeper then knee high.
  • Do not swim near rip currents (= a strong current moving away from the shore).
  • Alcohol and swimming do not mix! This can be extremely dangerous.
  • Do not use floatation devices during offshore winds.
  • Keep to the designated areas for practising water sports.
  • Always keep an eye on your children, in the water as well as on the beach. Stay at arms length of them when they are in the water.


The central emergency number 112 for police, fire brigade, ambulance or coastguard. This is an emergency-only number. Police information (non-emergency): 0900 8844


Flags and signals, what should I pay attention to?

Red/yellow flag

The area between these flags is a guarded bathing area. Lifeguards watch over these zones. Water sports are not allowed in these areas.

The orange windsock

You are allowed to swim and bath, but the use of floatation devices (rubber dingy, airbeds and inflatable armbands) is not allowed, due to the risk of drifting away.

The red flag

It is forbidden to swim or bath.

The yellow flag

It is dangerous to swim or bath. This is mostly because of the weather conditions. Floatation devices are not allowed.

The question mark flag

A lost child has been found.