Formby Beach at Formby in Merseyside is an RNLI lifeguarded beach.

Formby Beach

A favourite of fishermen and dog walkers, Formby is a scenic, rural, sandy beach. It’s backed by sand dunes and pine woodlands. There’s a large car park, picnic areas and signposted paths to the beach, dunes and woods.

Lifeguard season dates 2018

Easter school holidays 24 March-8 April
Weekends and bank holidays only 5-20 May
May half term 26 May-3 June
Weekends only 9-24 June
Daily 30 June-2 September
Patrol times 10am-6pm

Today's weather

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Min: 13°C
Max: 17°C
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Beach information

Stay safe on the beach

  • Wherever possible, swim at a lifeguarded beach. Find your nearest RNLI lifeguarded beach or search on goodbeachguide.co.uk or the Irish Water Safety website.
  • Always read and obey the safety signs, usually found at the entrance to the beach. These will help you avoid potential hazards on the beach and identify the safest areas for swimming.
  • When on a lifeguarded beach, find the red and yellow flags and always swim or bodyboard between them – this area is patrolled by lifeguards.
  • Never swim alone.
  • If you get into trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help.
  • If you see someone in difficulty, don't attempt a rescue. Tell a lifeguard, or, if you can't see a lifeguard, call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.
  • For more advice about having fun and staying safe on the beach, see our beach safety advice.

Working as an RNLI lifeguard is one of the best summer jobs out there

Join the team and we’ll get you kitted, trained and paid for a summer to remember. You will boost your fitness and train with like-minded people, earn a decent hourly rate from the start, and learn valuable skills that will stay with you for life.

All of this and you’ll be on the beach helping to save lives every day.  

Have you got what it takes?

If you’re fit, aged 16+ and can swim 400m, why not give it a go? Help with qualification training might be available if you’re new to beach lifeguarding.

So whether you’re qualified or just getting started, visit our recruitment site for info and vacancies, find out here what our lifeguard training is like, and join the #BestSummerJob conversation on social media.

News and media from Formby Beach

New Brighton RNLI lifeboat tasked to stationary yacht on ‘wrong’ side of river
Tractor and empty trailer in the water awaiting the just-about-there RNLI lifeboat
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New Brighton RNLI lifeboat tasked to stationary yacht on ‘wrong’ side of river
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Distress flare alert prompts call out for New Brighton RNLI lifeboat volunteers
Tractor and trailer in the water with lifeboat shown midway through reversing onto the trailer.
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Distress flare alert prompts call out for New Brighton RNLI lifeboat volunteers
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Couple visit RNLI New Brighton to thank lifeboat crew after kayaker rescue
David and Julie Lloyd stand in front of around 14 lifeboat crew who are dressed in their yellow drysuits ready for their morning training session
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Couple visit RNLI New Brighton to thank lifeboat crew after kayaker rescue
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RNLI New Brighton tasked to aid search at Crosby
In darkness, lifeboat and trailer lit up in water in front of a back drop of Liverpool port
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RNLI New Brighton tasked to aid search at Crosby
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