About Us

Who We Are

We are a charitable trust keeping people safe on Folkestone’s coast.

Working in partnership with Dover Coastguard, the RNLI, and NCI Folkestone, we cover the coast between Sandgate and Dover, focusing on Sunny Sands beach and Folkestone Harbour.

How to Find Us

You can find us at Sunny Sands beach on Saturdays and Sundays, between the hours of 10am and 4pm from April until September. Our current base of operations is the yellow and blue shipping container at the end of the Stade. Our Lookout – at the corner of the grey stone building on Coronation Parade – is temporarily closed. Our crew frequently patrol the beach, and you can recognise them by their distinctive red and yellow uniforms.

Where We Operate

Our main patrol area is Sunny Sands beach, Little Sands beach, and Coronation Parade, although we also keep an eye on Folkestone Harbour. Our rescue boats are able to respond to any incidents on the coast between Sandgate and Dover.

Operating Hours

Our normal operating times between April and September are 10am until 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. We also operate during certain special events. When our lifeguards are on duty, the red & yellow lifeguard flags will be flying from the beach slipway and the lookout at Sunny Sands. You can see our current flag status on the right hand side of this website.

Our Team

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, click here.

Chris Lightwing
Supervisor
Matthew Wetherly
Supervisor
Philip Jones
Medical Officer
David Harvey
Instructor
Shane Young
Crew Member
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Crew Member
Louise Harman
Crew Member
Peter Wrotchford
Crew Member
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Crew Member
Freya Parrish
Volunteer
Toby Jones
Volunteer

Our Trustees

Folkestone Rescue’s Trustees

Our trustees are members of the local community who are responsible for leading and administering the organisation.

David Harvey
Instructor

Contact Us

Get in Touch

For non-emergency* assistance, contact us on VHF Channel 14 using our call-sign “Sands Base” between 10:00 and 16:00 on Saturdays and Sundays, from April to September.

*In an emergency, where life is at risk, contact the Coastguard on VHF Channel 16, or by phoning 999.

To send us a message, please use the form below. You can also reach us on Facebook and Twitter. These online contacts should not be used for urgent communication, as they are only monitored part-time.