Sandbanks Beach at Poole in Dorset is an RNLI lifeguarded beach.

Sandbanks Beach

A popular beach with fine, golden sand, backed by a promenade. It has an excellent range of facilities and is popular with watersport enthusiasts.

Lifeguard season dates 2019

Daily 6 April-29 September 2019
Patrol times 10am-6pm

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Stay safe on the beach

  • Wherever possible, swim at a lifeguarded beach. Find your nearest RNLI lifeguarded beach or search on 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 Sandbanks Beach

Six lives saved by RNLI lifeguards on Dorset beaches in 2018
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Six lives saved by RNLI lifeguards on Dorset beaches in 2018
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Poole Lifeboats and Sandbanks RNLI Lifeguards join forces in training scenario
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Poole Lifeboats and Sandbanks RNLI Lifeguards join forces in training scenario
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Poole Lifeboats in joint training scenario with Sandbanks Lifeguards
Volunteers from Poole Lifeboat Station and Sandbanks RNLI Lifeguards have today (21 April) dealt with a training scenario which saw a jetski collide with a rib injuring three people.

The scenario was jointly set up by Poole Lifeboat Station and the Sandbanks Lifeguards and was overseen by the stations four volunteer Lifeboat Medical Advisors (LMA’s).

The scenario unfolded when a jetski and rib collided just off Sandbanks beach. The rib raised the alarm which saw lifeboat crews and lifeguards leap into action.

Due to the location the lifeguards arrived at the casualty quickly, a lifeguard on a rescue board and two lifeguards on the rescue water craft (RWC).

As the first two casualties were being taken ashore, one requiring CPR the lifeboat crew boarded the rib to find a further injured casualty. Whilst the casualty care assessment was taking place the D class conducted a quick search of the area to ensure nobody else was in the water and took the jetski to safer water and the Atlantic passed a tow to the rib.

In the scenario ambulances had already been requested to Sandbanks beach so the final casualty was transferred by Poole D class to the beach.

By this point all three casualties were being given casualty care treatment by Lifeguards or Lifeboat crew.

Helm Alex Evans said ‘it’s always a great opportunity to train with our colleagues on the beach. Hopefully a scenario like this doesn’t happen but it is all good practice’.

After the hot de-brief on the beach, Matt Thomas, one of the four LMA’s said ‘Todays exercise showed how efficiently our volunteer crews and lifeguards can care for casualties together. The Casualty Care training they get was put into practice in a way that impress all four LMA’s observing’.

As summer approaches the RNLI are urging those going to the coast or out to sea to ‘Respect The Water’. RNLI safety advice can be found here for a range of activities:
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Poole Lifeboats in joint training scenario with Sandbanks Lifeguards
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Poole long serving volunteers bow out after years
Rod and Carole Brown stand down from Poole Lifeboat station
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Poole long serving volunteers bow out after years
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