RNLI lifeguards will be returning to Burnham-on-Sea beach this weekend.

The lifeguards, which are paid for by Sedgemoor District Council (SDC), will be on the beach from 10am until 6pm daily from July 4 and will provide an additional service at the beach alongside the Sedgemoor-employed beach wardens.

The council is urging all beach users to follow safety signs and listen to any advice and warning information issued by beach wardens or the RNLI Lifeguards.

"The key message is if you’re heading into the sea at Burnham, please respect the water and swim between the red and yellow flags, which have been designated as the safest swimming areas by lifeguards," a council spokesperson said.

"RNLI lifeguards are fully trained in all aspects of beach safety, so if you have any questions please approach a lifeguard who will be more than happy to help or offer expert advice."

The council said anyone planning a visit to the coast should remember and follow RNLI safety advice:

  • Have a plan – check the weather forecast, tide times and read local hazard signage
  • Keep a close eye on your family – on the beach and in the water
  • Do not allow your family to swim or surf alone
  • Do not use inflatables
  • If you fall into the water unexpectedly, FLOAT TO LIVE, fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and FLOAT
  • In an emergency dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard