Mevagissey harbour  Visiting Cornwall Logo - background is part of Bodmin Moor as seen from Jamaica Inn at Altarnun. The road in the picture is the main A30 through Cornwall. Eden Project near St Austell 


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Warning Flags     -     Beach Lifeguards



Where beaches are patrolled by lifeguards they will use flags to indicate safe areas and dangerous conditions. These are for the benefit of swimmers, surfers, windsurfers and canoists.
If they are ignored, tragedies can and do happen!

What do these flags mean?
Red and Yellow flag Red and yellow flags

Red and yellow flags indicate the area patrolled by lifeguards. These are the safe areas to swim, bodyboard and use inflatables.
Black and white chequered flag Black and white chequered flags

Black and white chequered flags indicate an area zoned by lifeguards for use of watercraft such as surfboards and kayaks. Never swim or bodyboard in these areas.
Red flag Red flag

The red flag indicates danger. NEVER enter the water when the red flag is flying, under any circumstances.
Orange Windsock Orange windsock

The orange windsock indicates offshore wind conditions. You should NEVER use an inflatable when the sock is flying.
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  RNLI Lifeguards patrol the following beaches in Cornwall: Gyllynvase, Poldhu Cove, Praa Sands, Porthcurno, Sennen, Gwenver, Porthmeor, Porthminster, Hayle Towans, Mexico Towans, Upton Towans, Gwithian, Godrevy, Portreath, Chapel Porth, St Agnes, Perransands, Holywell, Crantock, South Fistral, Great Western, Tolcarne, Porth, Watergate Bay, Mawgan Porth, Porthcothan, Treyarnon, Constantine, Booby’s Bay, Trevone, Trebarwith, Black Rock, Crooklets and Sandymouth.  
RNLI Lifeguard Videos

Windsurfer rescued at Falmouth (June 2012)

Mark Egor Harris: Pro surfer & Lifeguard at Newquay (March 2012)

Tom Butler: Pro surfer & Lifeguard at Newquay (March 2012)

See the lifeguards at Widemouth Bay in action on 7th September 2012 in this video

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