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

During this time there are up to 26 seasonal beach lifeguards patrolling the beach. Our lifeguard service also has a patrol boat.

Please contact the Seafront Office for exact times and beach locations of the service.

For information on how to stay safe on the beach, read our page on sea safety.

Red flags, yellow flags and bad weather

Our lifeguards patrol the city's beaches from the end of May until the first weekend in September.

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

  • Red and yellow flags are raised on patrolled beaches and represent safe swimming conditions
  • Red flags mean that it is unsafe to swim in the sea.

When the red flag is flying or when its high tide and big waves crashing down, please - for the safety of yourself, your children and your dogs - stay away from the water's edge. We want you to remember your trip to the seaside for all the right reasons.

What do lifeguards do?

Lifeguards safeguard people who use the sea and Brighton & Hove beaches. Lifeguards also provide assistance with:

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

They can also provide wristbands for children to help keep them safe whilst 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 be able to complete a timed swim of 400 metres in 7 minutes 30 seconds or less. All Brighton & Hove lifeguards are trained to hold a current National Beach Lifeguard qualification.

The 2019 lifeguard team age range was from 16 to 55. People come from diverse backgrounds to join our team.

You can view our How to become a beach lifeguard in 2020 guide which explains the whole process of applying.


lifeguard on the beach

Lifeguard training and courses

If you're interested in training and courses for the qualification out of season then the Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club is a great place to learn all about sea safety, sea and fitness skills as well as a nippers club to get the kids involved.

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