Scarborough RNLI

Saving lives around Scarborough's seas since 1801

Keeping safe in and around the water



We all love seaside activities whether that be playing on the beach or scuba diving. This page leads to guidelines for your safe enjoyment of all the activities you will find around Scarborough's seas.

RNLI safety campaigns

The RNLI is much more than an emergency life-saving organisation for those in difficulties at sea. We put great emphasis on preventative education so people can still enjoy or make a living from the sea.

Respect the water

Respect the water logo

Respect the Water is our national drowning prevention campaign. It highlights the risks, helps you avoid them and gives advice to keep you and those around you safe. Find out about Respect the Water campaign to see details of this important campaign.

Education resources


RNLI safety education resources

The RNLI produce a fantastic range of fun educational resources for all ages. Go to Youth Education Resources to browse the educational materials and download any of interest.

Swim safe


swimsafe

Swim safe is run by RNLI Lifeguards and Swim England. Swim Safe sessions for children are run at north bay Scarborough. The free sessions are an hour long and must be booked Swimsafe Course Details. The sessions in Scarborough are funded by the Andrew McGeown Legacy Fund

Always swim on Lifeguarded beaches (north and south bays in Scarborough) and only between the red and yellow flags.

Understand waves


waves topping over south bay foreshore road

We all love watching the waves around Scarborough's bays especially when they overtop. But too many people do more than watch. Remember that 15cm of a breaking wave is enough to wash you out to sea from the promenade.

Always swim on Lifeguarded beaches (north and south bays in Scarborough) and only between the red and yellow flags.

Understand tides


tides

No two tides are the same. Generally we have two high tides and two low tides each day. Be aware of when high tide (a different time each day) is and make sure you do not get cut off.

Always swim on Lifeguarded beaches (north and south bays and Cayton Bay in Scarborough) and only when the red and yellow flags are displayed.

Understand rip currents


rip current dangers

Rip tides are stunning to watch, but dangerous to be caught in. They are unpredictable. Go Learn about Rip currenets for RNLI advice on recognising rip currents.

Always swim on Lifeguarded beaches (north and south bays and Cayton Bay in Scarborough) and only between the red and yellow flags.

What's your activity?

Angling


sea angling around Scarborough

Over a million people go angling every year around the UK. If planning to fish the shoreline or hiring a trip on an angling boat make sure you have the right safety kit. Wearing a life jacket can save your life. Go Sea Fishing safety advice to view the RNLI angling safety advice

Coastal walking


Coastal Walking - Cleveland way

The Scarborough coastline is stunning and well worth that early morning or sunset walk. But it can also be treacherous. The weather on the coast can suddenly change from bright sunshine to heavy mist. Before you go check the weather and tides they can both change suddenly and no two days are the same. Read the RNLI coast walking advice

Commercial fishing


Commercial Fishing

Commercial fishing is still a major industry in Scarborough but it is also nationally the riskiest with figures for injury and deaths very high. Our safety advice and services are available to all commercial fishing operators to ensure they fish as safely as possible. Changes to the types of catch and modifications to boats can lead to issues of boat stabilisation and safety. Lower catches and therefore revenue lead to less maintenance on engines and fishing gear. Find commercial fishing safety advice for RNLI sources of help for commercial fishing operations

Kayaking and canoeing


Kayaks

These are increasingly popular sea based activities in both north and south bays Scarborough. This RNLI kayak advice is designed to keep novice and seasoned participants save.

Stand Up paddle boarding


Stand up or paddle boarding

Stand Up Boarding is a fun family orientated activity. Our paddle board safety advice .

Scuba diving


Scuba diving

Scuba Diving sea trips are available from Scarborough Harbour. Before going read our safety advice on scuba diving

Surfing


surfing off Scarborough

The beaches around Scarborough are ideal for novice surfers. Help stay safe with Surfung advice.