Previously managed in-house by the council, the service provides dedicated lifeguards in the summer season to monitor activity on Fleetwood and Cleveleys beaches and keep members of the public safe.
At each nominated public bathing beach, you’ll see beach safety notices like the one in this photo. They give the public advice about safe use of the beach, any restrictions regarding walking dogs, and contact details to use in an emergency. The beach patrol officers keep an eye on the promenade and beach during the busiest summer season to make sure that people are safe and raise the alarm if they see any danger.
A report to the Portfolio Holders for Leisure & Culture and Resources, is requesting that beach patrol is outsourced to the Fylde Coast YMCA, which already manages Wyre’s leisure centres on the council’s behalf. Integrating this into the management of Fleetwood Leisure Centre will allow for a more streamlined, cost effective service, saving the council over £11,000 per year.
Dave Parker, General Manager of Fleetwood YMCA, said: “We’re looking forward to extending our current lifeguard service within Wyre swimming pools to include the beach patrol operation at Fleetwood and Cleveleys.
“We see this as a natural progression for the partnership and believe it will offer many new opportunities to enhance the service provided to the community, while also offering career and training opportunities for beach lifeguards, not only on the Fylde Coast, but nationwide.”
A final decision will be made in seven days time and if agreed, the lifeguard service will operate from noon until 5pm at Fleetwood and noon until 7pm at Cleveleys on weekends from 5 May to 2 September. The service will operate daily during bank holidays and school holidays.
Observe the Beach Safety Signs at Fleetwood