The seasonal lifeguard service for Brighton & Hove will start a little later this year and there will be no patrols on the May bank holiday weekend.

Lifeguards normally patrol the city’s beaches from the end of May until the end of the school holidays in September. However, the Covid-19 pandemic and social-distancing restrictions interrupted our usual recruitment drive for lifeguards.

We are hoping to have a limited lifeguard service in place in the near future and we’ll announce any arrangements as soon as they are approved and in place. Please check for updates on this page.

Patrols and posts

Lifeguards patrol the city’s beaches from the end of May until the end of the school holidays in September.

During this time there is a team of seasonal beach lifeguards patrolling the beach. Our lifeguard service also has a patrol boat.

Please send an email to the seafront office for exact times and beach locations of the service.

You can view the location of the lifeguard posts on our map.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) provides information on how to stay safe along the coast and in the water.

Red flags, yellow flags and bad weather

Two flags can be flown independently to signal the presence of a lifeguard:

  • A flag that’s both Red and yellow means Lifeguards are on patrol. You should only swim in the area between the flags.
  • The red flag means it is dangerous to bathe or swim and you should not go into the water.

When the red flag is flying or when it's high tide, please stay away from the water.

Lifeguard responsibilities

Lifeguards protect people who use the sea and Brighton & Hove beaches. Lifeguards also help with:

  • first aid
  • finding lost children
  • tourist information
  • enforcing by-laws

They can also provide wristbands for children to help keep them safe while on the beach.

How to become a lifeguard

If you're interested in becoming a lifeguard for our 2020 season sign up to our job alerts.

The recruitment process involves an interview and a swim test. You'll need to complete a timed swim of 400 metres in 7 minutes 30 seconds or less. We train all Brighton & Hove lifeguards to complete a current National Beach Lifeguard qualification.

Lifeguard training and courses

The Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club is a great place to learn all about sea safety, as well as sea and fitness skills. They do 'nippers club' events to get children involved with learning about how to stay safe at the seaside.