the sun, sea, and beach in Westland in safety

Whether your preference is a day of relaxing by the coast, active water sports or a brisk walk, there’s something for everyone on the beach! However, danger can always be lurking where you’re not expecting it, so the Westland Lifeguards would like to give you a few tips for a safe day at the beach.

For example, what do the flags you see flying on the beach mean? How do you recognise a rip current, and what should you do if you unexpectedly end up in one? What do you have to remember when you’re on the beach with young children? The answers to these and other questions can be found on this website. Together, we want to make sure that everyone can enjoy a fantastic, but above all safe day at the beach.

Useful to know: in the period from May 15 to September 15, the ‘s-Gravenzande Lifeguards and the Monster Lifeguards will be on the beach every Saturday and Sunday, and 7 days a week during the summer holidays.


Enjoying the beach and the water, here are some lifeguard tips!
  1. Please only swim on places where it is allowed and safe.
    e.g. where lifeguards are on duty
  2. Make sure you are fit and healthy enough to swim and enjoy the water sports.
    And do not forget to put sun screan on!
  3. Never swim alone.
    Even the most experienced swimmer can get in trouble! (e.g. cramp)
  4. Don’t swim near rip currents
  5. Alcohol and swimming do not mix!
  6. Don’t use floatation devices during offshore winds.
  7. Dig no deep holes on the beach in the sand.
    Risk of collapse and suffocation.
  8. Keep to the designated areas for practising water sport.
  9. Do not jump of bridges, piers or any constructions.
    They are not designed for diving of jumping of in to the water.
  10. Always keep an eye on your children,
    As well as in the water as on the beach
Staying Safe On The Beach