RNLI lifeguards will begin their patrols Lyme Regis and West Bay for the summer season on Saturday.

Lifeguards will continue their daily patrols from 10am-6pm on these beaches up until Sunday, September 1.

The RNLI works in partnership with local authorities and private beach owners each year to set up and roll out a lifeguard service, at their request.

Setting up a lifeguard service each season involves several different elements, including recruiting and training lifeguards and organising the logistics to deliver equipment, and in some cases, lifeguard units, to each beach. 

RNLI lifeguards old and new in Dorset have spent the last couple of weeks going through inductions and pre-season training, which has included essential skills in casualty care, fitness testing, lifesaving skills in and out of the water and watercraft operations.

This time of year is the start of the busiest period for RNLI lifeguards with the school summer holidays fast approaching and as ever the RNLI wants people to enjoy coming to the coast but to do so safely.

Alice Higgins, Lifeguard Supervisor for West Dorset said: "Our lifeguards have spent the last few weeks going through inductions and training to make sure they are ready for the new season.

"They are excited to be back on the beaches doing what they do best, offering preventative advice and a top-quality lifesaving service. 

"As ever, we want people who are coming to the coast to enjoy themselves this summer but to do so safely. It is our strong advice that people head to a lifeguarded beach, swim and bodyboard between the red and yellow flags and if you want any advice to ask an RNLI lifeguard.’

The RNLI is urging anyone visiting the coast this spring to make sure they keep themselves and their families safe by following beach safety advice:     

* Visit a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags.  

* Check the weather forecast, tide times and read local hazard signage to understand local risks.  

* Keep a close eye on your family – on the beach and in the water – don’t allow your family to swim alone.  

* If you fall into the water unexpectedly, FLOAT TO LIVE. Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and float.  

*In an emergency dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.