Beach Safety

This area of the website contains some general safety advice for people visiting the coast as well as specific information for Llantwit Major beach.

Find more information on Signs and Flags Used By Lifeguards, Rip Currents, Waves and Tides, Safety at Llantwit Major Beach

Remember –

  • Always swim or surf at a beach patrolled by lifesavers or lifeguards.
  • Swim between the red &yellow flags. They mark the safest areas to swim.
  • Avoid swimming alone or unsupervised.
  • Read the signs. If a beach is closed, don’t swim there.
  • If you are unsure of the surf conditions ask a lifeguard or lifesaver.
  • Don’t swim directly after a meal.
  • Don’t swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Don’t run or dive in the water, always check the conditions.
  • If you get in trouble in the water, don’t panic, raise one arm up and float until help arrives.
  • Float with a rip current or undertow, don’t swim against it.

Stay Sun Smart

Sunburn can ruin your holiday and increase the risk of skin cancer in later life.

So please, keep safe this Summer and follow the five Ss of sun safety:

  • Sunscreen – slop on SPF 30+ broad-spectrum waterproof sunscreen every 2 hours
  • Sun hat – slap on a broad-brimmed hat that shades your face, neck and ears
  • Sunglasses – wear wrap-around sunglasses with UV protection to shield your eyes
  • Shoulders – slip on a T-shirt or UV protective suit for children and remember to keep your shoulders covered
  • Shade – seek shade, particularly during the hottest time of the day between 11am and 3pm when UV penetration is at its strongest.


Blow-up toys and airbeds are designed for pools, not the sea where they can easily be swept out. If you do use them at the beach, then:

  • Ensure children are closely supervised
  • Keep near the shore
  • Only use between the red and yellow flags
  • Follow the lifeguard’s advice
  • Do not take out in big waves
  • Never use them when orange windsock is flying, as this indicates offshore winds which will blow inflatables further out to sea.

Call for help

If you get into difficulty it’s tempting to try and swim to safety but you should always stay with your kit as it will keep you afloat and make you easier to find in an emergency.
A whistle is a simple and effective method of calling for help when close to shore. When venturing further offshore carry a suitable means of calling for help, such as a waterproof and fully charged VHF or flares.
Don’t forget the international distress signal of hand waving and shouting for help still works!

Missing children

Children are safest when supervised.
As soon as you get to the beach, agree a meeting point in case of separation. If the beach runs a children’s safety scheme, using wristbands or tickets, take part. They’re free and they work. Visit the lifeguard hut on arrival and they can give you special wristbands to put your contact details on.

If a child does go missing:

  • Calmly check your surroundings first, ensuring other children remain supervised
  • Contact the lifeguards or police and keep them informed
  • Let all searchers know once the child is found.