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From Bembridge RNLI Coastal Safety Team

RNLI and HM Coastguard launch beach safety campaign urging parents to protect their families and save lives at the coast this summer. Following key safety advice will keep people safe and help to reduce the demands placed on RNLI lifeboat crews, HM Coastguard and other emergency services.

Lane End (Lifeboat Beach)

 
North-easterly facing, sea wall promenade, short sandy belt above the rocky pools and ledges to low water mark, A popular beach with beach huts (private).
 
Emergency equipment: There is an Emergency Telephone and Defibrillator (AED) on the wall adjacent to the Lifeboat Shop entrance.
 
Hazards on the Beach
·          The tide runs fast either side of the Lifeboat Pier either side of high tide.Tide times and heights are available on line.
·          Do watch out on low tides that you are not cut off on the Ledges by the incoming tide.
·          The Ledges can be slippery.
·          Big drops from the promenade walls.
 
And in the Water
·          Off shore winds can blow you or an inflatable toy out to sea. Don’t use them!
·          Keep clear of manmade structures like piers or groynes.
·          Keep clear of other water uses – swimmers and powerboats don’t mix.
 
Calling for help.
If you, or anyone you see are in trouble then use a mobile phone  -  call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. They will get help to you quickly.

Under Tyne and Swains Beach

North/NE-facing beach with stones above the high water mark, a narrow sandy belt and rocky pools and ledges on the low-water mark. Accessed through Swains Road. Steps down to the beach. There are no facilities on the beach and is not accessible to wheelchair users.  The concrete/rock Causeway marked by the red/white pole is known as Colonel's Hard.

Hazards on the Beach
·          Tide times and heights are available on line.
·          Do watch out on low tides that you are not cut off at the water’s edge on the incoming tide.
·          Sharp objects or litter hidden in the sand or gravel.
·          Slippery Rocks - take extra care if/when walking along Colonel's Hard the surface is uneven and deceptively slippery.
 
And in the Water
 
·          Jelly fish or weaver fish that can sting.
·          Off shore winds can blow you or an inflatable toy out to sea. Don’t use them!
·          Keep clear of manmade structures.
·          Keep clear of other water uses – swimmers and powerboats don’t mix.
 
Calling for help.
If you, or anyone you see are in trouble then use a mobile phone  -  call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. They will get help to you quickly.

St Helens Beach (The Duver)

This is an east facing beach sheltered from the prevailing south westerly winds by The Duver. This sandy beach gently shelves to the stoney harbour channel and is protected by a sea wall promenade. The vegetated sand dunes are usable at high tide and sheltered from the east.
Safety: Swimming or paddling in the Harbour entrance and channel is extremely dangerous due to the steep drop of the beach, currents and boats navigating. Do not attempt to wade across the Harbour entrance at Low water, nor try to walk out to St Helens Fort.
 
Hazards on the Beach
·          Tide times and heights are available on line.
·          Do watch out on low tides that you are not cut off at the water’s edge on the incoming tide.
·          Sharp objects or litter hidden in the sand or gravel.
·          Slippery Rocks.
·          Big drops from promenades or harbour walls.
And in the Water
·          Jelly fish or weaver fish that can sting.
·          Off shore winds can blow you or an inflatable toy out to sea. Don’t use them!
·          Keep clear of manmade structures like groynes.
·          Keep clear of other water uses – swimmers and powerboats don’t mix.
 
Calling for help.
If you, or anyone you see are in trouble then use a mobile phone  -  call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. They will get help to 
you quickly.

The Point (Harbour and entrance channel)

 
West-facing, sheltered from easterly winds, sandy/muddy beach between high and low water, sand dunes usable at high water.
 
Hazards on the Beach
·          Swimming or paddling in the Harbour entrance and channel is extremely dangerous due to the steep drop of the beach, currents and boats navigating. Do not attempt to wade across the Harbour entrance at Low water, nor try to walk out to St Helens Fort.
·          Do watch out on low tides that you are not cut off by the incoming tide.
And in the Water
·          Off shore winds can blow you or an inflatable toy out to sea. Don’t use them!
·          Keep clear of manmade structures like piers or groynes.
·          Keep clear of other water uses – swimmers and powerboats don’t mix.
 
Calling for help.
If you, or anyone you see are in trouble then use a mobile phone  -  call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. They will get help to you quickly.

Whitecliff Bay

South-east facing, but sheltered by Culver Down. A sandy bay with walking public access through Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park.  There are no public toilets on the beach or in the holiday parks.
 
Safety: The cliffs between Howgate Chine (West end of Forelands beach) and Whitecliff Bay are made of clay and are unstable and sticky. Do not climb them or any of the cliffs in Whitecliff Bay. However, it is possible to scramble at shore level from Howgate Chine round to Whitecliff Bay but only at low tide or on a falling tide.
Do not walk under or around Culver Cliff. It is dangerous as there have been large chalk cliff falls. It is not possible (and is very dangerous) to walk under Culver Cliff to Yaverland (East end of Sandown Bay).
 
There is an Emergency Phone adjacent to the Wonky Cafe on the beach. Mobile reception in Whitecliff Bay is poor.
 
Hazards on the Beach
·          Tide times and heights are available on line.
·          Rip currents or dumping waves could drag you out of your depth.
·          Do watch out on low tides that you are not cut off at the water’s edge on the incoming tide.
·          Sharp objects or litter hidden in the sand or gravel.
·          Slippery Rocks.
And in the Water
·          Off shore winds can blow you or an inflatable toy out to sea. Don’t use them!
·          Keep clear of other water uses – swimmers and powerboats don’t mix.
 
Calling for help.
If you, or anyone you see are in trouble then use a mobile phone  -  call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. They will get help to you quickly.

 Sandy Cove

 
Further north of the main St Helens beach below Nodes Point is a small sandy cove accessible from Old Church in all but the highest tides; at low tide it extends to rocks and rock pools. It is possible to walk around to Priory Bay through Priory Woods.
 
Hazards on the Beach
·          Tide times and heights are available on line.
·          Do watch out on low tides that you are not cut off at the water’s edge on the incoming tide.
·          Sharp objects or litter hidden in the sand or gravel.
·          Slippery Rocks.
·          Swimming or paddling in the Harbour entrance and channel is extremely dangerous due to the steep drop of the beach, currents and boats navigating. Do not attempt to wade across the Harbour entrance at Low water, nor try to walk out to St Helens Fort.
And in the Water
·          Jelly fish or weaver fish that can sting.
·          Off shore winds can blow you or an inflatable toy out to sea. Don’t use them!
·          Keep clear of manmade structures like groynes.
·          Keep clear of other water uses – swimmers and powerboats don’t mix.
 
Calling for help.
If you, or anyone you see are in trouble then use a mobile phone  -  call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. They will get help to you quickly.

Silversands Beach (Beach Road/The Point)

North facing and sheltered from prevailing south-westerly winds, long shallow shelving sandy/stony beach between high and low water marks.

Ducie Beach

North facing, gently shelving sandy beach to rocks on low water mark, stones above high water mark, ideal for swimming.
Ducie Beach is accessed down Ducie Avenue, there are no other facilities on the beach and it is not accessible to wheelchair users.
 
Hazards on the Beach
·          Tide times and heights are available on line.
·          Do watch out on low tides that you are not cut off at the water’s edge on the incoming tide.
·          Sharp objects or litter hidden in the sand or gravel.
·          Slippery Rocks.
·          Swimming or paddling in the Harbour entrance and channel is extremely dangerous due to the steep drop of the beach, currents and boats navigating. Do not attempt to wade across the Harbour entrance at Low water, nor try to walk out to St Helens Fort.
 
And in the Water
·          Jelly fish or weaver fish that can sting.
·          Off shore winds can blow you or an inflatable toy out to sea. Don’t use them!
·          Keep clear of manmade structures like groynes.
·          Keep clear of other water uses – swimmers and powerboats don’t mix.
 
Calling for help.
If you, or anyone you see are in trouble then use a mobile phone  -  call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. They will get help to you quickly.
 

Forelands (Paddock Drive to Howgate Chine)

  

East/South-east facing and is a more exposed beach with wide areas of sandy beach, groynes and rocky ledges.
Safety: The Ledges can be slippery and it is easy to be cut off on a rising tide. An outgoing tide can run very fast through the Run at Forelands. There are Life Rings on the sea wall below the Crab & Lobster In
 
Hazards on the Beach
·          Tide times and heights are available on line.
·          Do watch out on low tides that you are not cut off at the water’s edge on the incoming tide.
·          Sharp objects or litter hidden in the sand or gravel.
·          Slippery Rocks.
 
And in the Water
·          Jelly fish or weaver fish that can sting.
·          Off shore winds can blow you or an inflatable toy out to sea. Don’t use them!
·          Keep clear of manmade structures like groynes.
·          Keep clear of other water uses – swimmers and powerboats don’t mix.
 
Calling for help.
If you, or anyone you see are in trouble then use a mobile phone  -  call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. They will get help to you quickly.
 

Priory Bay

   

This is an idyllic gently sloping sandy bay facing north east. Access is from St Helens Old Church or from Seagrove Bay. Access depends on the state of the tide. There is a footpath through the trees at the back of the beach which can be muddy. No facilities.  NB: it is a Private Beach, however the owners have always allowed public access by water and around the headlands.

Hazards on the Beach
·          Tide times and heights are available on line.
·          Do watch out on low tides that you are not cut off at the water’s edge on the incoming tide.
·          Sharp objects or litter hidden in the sand or gravel.
·          Slippery Rocks.
·          Big drops from the old walls at the south end of the beach.  NB:  Do not junp or dive off the fallen tree; it has moved over  the winter and is now over the rocks.
·          Occasional large waves from passing ferries and large ships.
 
And in the Water
·          Jelly fish or weaver fish that can sting.
·          Off shore winds can blow you or an inflatable toy out to sea. Don’t use them!
·          Keep clear of other water uses – swimmers and powerboats don’t mix.
 
Calling for help.
If you, or anyone you see are in trouble then use a mobile phone  -  call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.