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Beach Lifeguards in Donegal

With 12 beaches and 2 marinas in the county receiving Blue Flags, Donegal now tops the charts as the county with the most Blue Flags for 2021.  This internationally recognised award aims to raise environmental awareness and promote sound environmental management of beaches, marinas and inland bathing waters around the world. Donegal County Council encourages the public to enjoy our award winning beaches this year. However, it asks that all are mindful of the ongoing need to respect social distancing, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette in relation to COVID-19.  

Lifeguards will be on duty all summer on Bundoran and Rossnowlagh beaches between 11am - 7pm.

Lifeguards will also be in place at weekends in June and for all of July and August  from
12:00pm - 6:30pm on beaches at: Murvagh | Fintra | Portnoo/Narin | Carrickfinn | Killahoey | Marble Hill | Downings | Portsalon | Rathmullan | Culdaff and Stroove.

Public conveniences are also open at all of the lifeguarded beaches.

The county’s beaches are a popular destination when the sun comes out but just because it’s relaxing to dip in the water – doesn’t mean you should relax when it comes to your safety. The red and yellow flags on the lifeguarded beaches indicate the area that is monitored by the lifeguards.  To ensure your beach visit is a safe one, Donegal County Council encourages bathers to;

  • Swim with others, never alone
  • Swim in daylight not in darkness
  • Never enter the water when the lifeguards have raised a red flag
  • Pay attention to signs on the beach
  • Learn to use equipment before trying it out
  • Avoid swimming in unfamiliar places
  • Allow time to rest after eating or if tired
  • Stay in the water for short periods
  • Swim parallel and close to the shore
  • Never use inflatable toys in open water
  • Children are particularly at risk and need constant supervision.
  • Never go in or on the water having consumed alcohol.

Check also Donegal Tide Times

For more information on water safety, please visit Donegal County Council website


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