How to Enjoy our Coast and Countryside Safely

We want you to head back home with some fantastic memories. Part of Swansea Bay’s charm is the fact it’s wonderfully wild so it’s important you take care when out and about.

Please take a moment to read our advice on taking part in an activity, safety at the beach, RNLI advice and walking safely then relax in the knowledge that you and your friends and family are prepared – to have a great time!

We’ve also included some important information on our ‘Visit Swansea Bay. Responsibly’ page.

Taking part in an activity in the sea or on land?

• Whatever you do and wherever you do it, please ensure that the conditions are safe and that you have the right equipment. If new to the activity or inexperienced, use an accredited operator (where appropriate, all operators featured on this website have achieved the relevant activity accreditation).

• Watch your footing: many of our beaches and stretches of our coastline are home to marine life, such as weever fish, which can give stings when stood on, as well as rocky patches that can result in cuts. We suggest the use of water shoes, especially with younger people, and try to keep an eye on where you are stepping.

• If participating in an activity in the sea or near the shoreline, then keep an eye on the state of the tide, as it can turn very quickly here causing a tidal surge or rip tide; especially at Three Cliffs Bay, Burry Holms and the Worm’s Head causeway. The Worm’s Head, Rhossili Coastwatch Centre can help you plan your walk safely.

• If surfing at Llangennith watch out for shipwrecks below the waterline.

• It is recommended that you keep children in line of sight at all times and swim at a lifeguarded beach – see below for more information on RNLI Lifeguarded beaches. If you do see someone in difficulty, do not attempt to enter the water yourself, telephone 999 and ask for the coastguard.

• And don’t forget your sunscreen!

Water Safety at the Beach

RNLI Lifeguard Patrols | Spring/Summer 2022

Langland and Caswell:

Daily 30 April – 18 September

Patrol times 10am-6pm

Port Eynon:

Daily 30 April – 4 September

Patrol times 10am-6pm

Three Cliffs Bay:

Weekends and bank Holidays Only 30 April – 22 May

May half term 28 May – 5 June

Weekends and Bank Holidays Only 11 June – 26 June

Daily 2 July – 4 September

Patrol times 10am-6pm

Lifeguards will be on patrol between the red and yellow flags and will be available for advice if people are unsure about tides or bathing conditions.

For more information on RNLI lifeguards and patrols visit the RNLI website

RNLI Advice to keep you and your family safe

It’s great to see so many people out enjoying the fresh air again – and it’s as fresh as it gets on our beautiful bays and beaches.  But as more people enjoy our cracking coastline we want to make extra sure that nothing spoils the fun.

Before you next head to the beach or take a plunge into the sea check out this handy and potentially lifesaving guide put together by the RNLI and HM Coastguard.  It will help you understand beach flags and signs, rip currents, tides and points out dangers such as using inflatables in the sea.

Make sure you and your family and friends stay safe this summer! 

RNLI safety at Three Cliffs

RNLI safety at Caswell

Walking Safely in Swansea Bay

• The Gower Coast Path is close to the edge of the cliff in many places. For your own safety – Keep to the Path!

• Some sections of the Coast Path are subject to high tides. Be careful, as the tide can turn very quickly here. In extreme instances you may have to wait until the tide recedes before continuing or you may be able to use an alternative route. Do not attempt to swim as you may get into difficulty.

• Some routes follow the road for short distances, often there is no pavement.  Please take care when using these sections as drivers may not be aware of your presence.

• Always wear suitable footwear and clothing for the conditions you would expect to find at the time of year.

• If you find yourself in difficulty dial 999 (112 on a mobile) and ask for the Coastguard.

• Always follow the countryside code: keep dogs on a lead near livestock. Leave gates as you find them – and please take your litter home.