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Your Borough Of Poole

Beach Safety


Beach safety in Poole is provided by the RNLI, funded by the Council. To ensure that everyone can enjoy the beach and sea safely, Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months from 01 May – 30 September, 10:00 - 18:00.

They are clearly identified by their red and yellow uniforms and have beach stations at:

  • Sandbanks
  • Shore Road
  • Canford Cliffs, July and August only. 
  • Branksome Chine

Please take time to read the RNLIs top tips to keep you and your family safe  when visiting the beach, as well as understanding what the beach flags mean.

Designated bathing areas

Designated bathing areas are marked out in the sea by yellow markers at:

  • Sandbanks
  • Shore Road
  • Canford Cliffs
  • Branksome Chine

Boats, personal watercraft, wind/kite surfers and large solid body boards are not permitted in these areas.

On the beach the designated bathing areas are also marked out with the RNLI’s red and yellow flags. These flags indicate the area patrolled by lifeguards.

Beach Zoning

From 01 May – 30 September black and white chequered flags are sometimes placed at certain points along the beach. Visitors should be aware that hard crafts could be in the water in these areas.

Know your beach flags and what they mean.

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Beach Accessible Wheelchairs

If you are a wheelchair user and you’d like to get onto the sand we have two beach accessible wheelchairs that you can use. Simply contact us, providing 24 hours notice, and we can arrange for a wheelchair to be available for you at the (Poole) beach of your choice.

Cycling on the Promenade

You can cycle on the prom but there are restrictions in place during July and August. Please read about the time and speed restrictions to avoid on-the-spot fines.

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Contact us


01202 708181

Beach Office
Sandbanks Beach
Banks Road
BH13 7QQ