RNLI Lifeguards will begin their daily patrols on North Devon beaches from Saturday, as they give some top beach safety advice.

You know summer is well and truly on the horizon when the RNLI lifeguards are back on North Devon’s beaches.

RNLI lifeguards will resume their daily summer patrols at Croyde and Woolacombe on Saturday (April 30).

Over the last few weeks lifeguard teams have been visiting local primary schools in North Devon, as part of the ‘Meet the Lifeguards’ programme, talking to school children about beach safety.

Steve Instance, RNLI senior lifeguard manager for the South West, said: “It’s that time again when the RNLI lifeguards make a welcome return to beaches around the South West coastline.

“The lifeguard teams were on patrol on a number of beaches over the Easter holidays and we look forward to keeping beachgoers safe over the summer season.

“Whether you are local to Devon, or visiting on holiday, we’d urge beachgoers to head to an RNLI lifeguarded beach and to swim in the supervised area between the red and yellow flags.”

Steve said to remember the sea temperatures are still cold and anyone entering the water should wear a suitable wetsuit.

He added: “Try and stay within your depth and follow the lifeguard’s advice.

“If you get into trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help.

“If you see someone else in trouble, tell a lifeguard, or if you can’t see a lifeguard, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

“It is also very important to check the tide times before setting out and always carry a means of calling for help in case you should get caught out.”

You can find each week’s tide times for North Devon on page 2 of the North Devon Gazette.