Polzeath Beach is one of the finest Blue Flag beaches on the North Coast. The beach is enormous at low tide extending to about half a mile in all directions. The combination of Atlantic swells and the gradually shelving beach, produce long, slow breaking waves that make ideal conditions for improving surf life skills at every level.
Parking is available on Polzeath beach and in Ann’s Cottage car-park above the Club Hut. Please be aware charges apply in both and parking attendants do patrol.
Dogs are allowed on the beach from October to Easter. Please be responsible for your dog at all times and clean up after them.
RNLI Lifeguards patrol the beach on a seasonal basis:
Easter Holiday – every day for two weeks from 10am-6pm
End of Easter to Mid-May – weekends only from 10am-6pm
Mid May to End September – every day from 10am-6pm
End September to end October Half Term – weekends only from 10am-6pm in September and 10am-5pm on October.
Flags: When the Lifeguards are patrolling the beach they put out flags. They indicate the safe bathing area or dangers on your beach:
- Red and Yellow – Area for safe bathing and body boards
- Black and White – Area for surfers and surf boards, SUP’s and other surf craft
- Red – Beach closed dangerous to swim
Top tips to keep you safe at the beach:
Below are some things you should adhere to when using beaches around the UK:
- Always swim or surf at a beach patrolled by lifesavers or lifeguards
- Swim between the red and 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, they might have changed
- If you get into 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