Enjoy Pembrokeshire

Swimming

Pembrokeshire is home to Britain's only truly coastal National Park and contains a wide variety of beaches. We have more Blue Flag and Green Coast beaches than any other county in the country.

Some beaches are easy to reach and ideal for families, others are less accessible and offer peace and seclusion. All kinds of swimming can be found here from gently sloping beaches watched over by lifeguards to more secluded spots that offer lengthy cooling summer swims

  • To find your nearest lifeguarded beach visit the RNLI website.


Top Tips

  • Please take care while swimming in Pembrokeshire and follow the guidelines below.
  • At some of Pembrokeshire's beaches there are no lifeguards so please take extra care.
  • Don't get out of your depth.
  • Swim along the shore rather than out to sea.
  • Take special care at remote beaches.
  • The sea is cold, even in summer, so do not swim when you're very hot, soon after a meal or after drinking alcohol.
  • If you start to feel cold in the sea, get out.

Seasonal RNLI Lifeguards are present at the following beaches:

  • Amroth Beach
  • Broad Haven North
  • Freshwater West
  • Newgale North
  • Newgale South
  • Newport Sands
  • Nolton Haven
  • Poppit Sands
  • Saundersfoot Beach
  • Tenby Castle Beach
  • Tenby North Beach
  • Tenby South Beach
  • Whitesands

Healthy You

Swimming is a great way to get in good all-round physical shape. It can be relaxing and a super way to de-stress. Swimming is a great activity for people of all abilities and the experience of being in the water is therapeutic in itself. Swimming outdoors in a sea or river is very different to swimming in an indoor pool.

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Health terms

RNLI message

  • The RNLI recommend that wherever possible, always swim at a lifeguarded beach
  • Whilst swimming at a non lifeguarded beach please read and obey the safety signs, usually found at the entrance to the beach. These will help you avoid potential hazards on the beach and identify the safest areas for swimming
  • Never swim alone. If you get into trouble stick your hand in the air and shout for help
  • If you see someone in difficulty, never attempt a rescue. Call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard