All beaches can be dangerous in the wrong conditions. These guidelines will help keep you informed and equipped so that you can make the most of Pembrokeshire’s beautiful beaches in safety.
In an emergency on the beach or coast, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
Always observe warning signs and flags.
Warning signs and flags - always observe these and take note of what they mean. Check whether lifesaving equipment and emergency phones are available, and where they’re located. A single red/yellow flag means Lifeguards are on duty. Don’t hesitate to ask them for advice. Always bathe between the red and yellow flags on patrolled beaches.
Children - always supervise children and dogs, especially on cliff-tops and when bathing.
Swimming - don't get out of your depth. Swim along the shore rather than out to sea. Take special care at remote beaches. The sea is cold, even in summer, so do not swim when you're very hot, soon after a meal or after drinking alcohol. If you start to feel cold in the sea, get out.
Inflatables - always secure inflatables to a line or anchor and keep them close to shore. They can be especially dangerous in offshore winds. Airbeds should never be used on the water. If your dinghy/beach ball, etc. gets carried out to sea, don’t swim after it.
Tides and currents - always check the time of high tide, which changes every day. Many beaches are submerged at high tide, if not before. Don't get cut off by the tide. If you do get cut off, get above the high water line and stay there until the tide goes back out. Don't try to climb up the cliffs. Currents are usually fastest at mid-tide, and most likely to be dangerous for bathing when the tide is going out.
Cliffs - don't sit under cliffs, or climb them. They may look solid, but many cliffs are constantly eroding into the sea. Even a small rock can cause injury. On cliff-tops, keep well away from the edge. Cliffs are often undercut by wind and rain, and wet grass may be slippery.
Unidentified objects - call the police or Coastguard if you find a suspicious-looking object, e.g. chemical drums or military hardware.
Fishing - if you’ve been fishing, remove all tackle and rubbish. Discarded hooks and line can injure people and wildlife.