Folkestone Rescue lifeguard at Sunny Sands beach.

Stay Safe at the Coast

Know how to stay safe at the coast.

Coastal areas and beaches may seem safe places for a day out, but there are many potential hazards you may encounter. The information on this website will help you to stay safe at the coast.

A sign warning about the risk of falling from the harbour wall at Folkestone Harbour.
There are many hazards you may encounter on Folkestone’s coast.

When visiting the coast, you should always:

  • Plan your trip in advance by checking weather forecasts, tide times, and area safety information.
  • Let someone know where you are going, and what time you will be back.
  • Charge your mobile phone and take it with you.

In an emergency, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.


Area Safety Map

Map Key

  • Local Beach
  • Safe Swimming Area*
  • Speed Restriction Zone
  • Caution: Hazardous Area
  • Danger: Do Not Enter
  • Lifeguard Station
  • Lifebuoy
  • Other Organisation

*Safe swimming area only when red & yellow flags are flying.

Do not assume unmarked areas are safe. Use caution at all times.

The above map of Folkestone’s coast shows local beaches, safe swimming areas, and hazardous or dangerous areas which should not be entered. Coloured dots show lifeguard stations and lifebuoys. You can see more information by clicking on coloured areas and dots.