Who We Are
We keep people safe on Folkestone’s coast.
We are Folkestone Rescue, an independent charity which provides lifeguards and lifeboats at Folkestone.
How to Find Us
When we are open, you can find our lifeguards at Sunny Sands beach. We are based in the shipping container at the end of the Stade.
Our lifeguards frequently patrol the beach, and you can recognise them by their red & yellow uniforms. You can often see our lifeboats in the bay between Sunny Sands beach and Folkestone Harbour Arm.
Our lifeboats are able to respond to any incidents on the coast between Sandgate and Dover.
From April to September, we normally operate between the hours of 10am and 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. We also operate during certain special events.
When our lifeguards are on duty, red & yellow flags will be flying at Sunny Sands. You can see our current flag status on the right hand side of this website.
Lifeguards were often at Folkestone’s Sunny Sands in the late 20th century, and a rescue boat was stationed there from 2006 until it closed in 2013.
Subsequently, Folkestone Rescue was founded in 2014 by former rescue boat volunteers and members of the community. Each year we provide lifeguards and lifeboats to keep people safe on Folkestone’s coast.
Meet the Crew
Our crew is made up of ordinary local people who volunteer their time to keep others safe. If you would like to join our team, apply here.
Folkestone Rescue’s Trustees
Our trustees are members of the local community who are responsible for leading the organisation.
In an emergency, contact the Coastguard on VHF Channel 16, or call 999.
For non-emergency assistance, contact us on VHF Channel 14 using our call-sign “Sands Base” during operating hours.
Our operating hours are 10am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays, from April to September.
Our postal address is:
- Folkestone Rescue
- c/o Frizbee
- 26-30 Tontine Street
- CT20 1JU