Patrols and posts

"Lifeguard post, a yellow shipping container with a red and yellow 'lifeguard' sign, surrounded by yellow and red railings."

Lifeguards patrol the city’s beaches from the end of May until the end of the school holidays in September, from 10am to 6pm.

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

For exact times and beach locations of the service, send an email to

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

How to become a lifeguard

If you're interested in becoming a lifeguard for our 2022 season, and you have an SLSGB Beach Lifeguard or the NVBLQ qualification, send an email to

The recruitment process involves an interview and a swim test. You'll need to complete a timed swim of 400 metres in seven minutes 30 seconds or less.

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.