About Folkestone Rescue
We keep people safe on Folkestone’s coast.
We are Folkestone Rescue, an independent charity which provides lifeguards and lifeboats at Folkestone.
Folkestone Lifeguard Station
When we are open, you can find our lifeguards on Sunny Sands beach at Folkestone. Our lifeguard station is in the grey building with the angled roof above Coronation Parade, which also contains the Quick Dip refreshment kiosk and public toilets.
Our lifeguards frequently patrol the beaches, and you can recognise them by their red & yellow uniforms. You can often see our lifeboats in the bay between Sunny Sands beach and Folkestone Harbour Arm.
Our lifeboats are able to respond to any incidents on the coast between Sandgate and Samphire Hoe.
From April to September, we normally operate at weekends between the hours of 10am and 4pm at Folkestone. We also operate during certain special events.
When our lifeguards are on duty, red & yellow flags will be flying at the lifeguard lookout and slipway entrance at Sunny Sands. You can see our current flag status at Sunny Sands on the right hand side of this website.
Lifeguards were often at Folkestone’s Sunny Sands in the late 20th century, and a rescue boat was stationed there from 2006 until it closed in 2013.
Subsequently, Folkestone Rescue was founded in 2014 by former rescue boat volunteers and members of the community to provide wider coverage of lifeguards and lifeboats to keep people safe along Folkestone’s coast.