It has been confirmed that there will be no lifeguards covering Southerndown or Llantwit beach at all this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Visitors to these beaches have been told that they enter the sea at their own risk and should call 999 for the Coastguard in the event of an emergency.
RNLI lifeguards have returned to Barry Island's Whitmore Bay and Ogmore beach, patrolling the coastline from 10am-6pm 7 days a week. This service resumed as lockdown restrictions eased towards the end of June.
The institution made the decision to suspend all lifeguarding duties on beaches after the Government's instructions for people to stay home at the beginning of, what would become, the lockdown phase of the coronavirus pandemic in March.
On announcing this the RNLI explained the difficulties of continuing their vital work during these difficult times:
"Lifeguards work and train in groups, which makes keeping the requirement to remain 2 metres apart difficult and the nature of their work with the public puts them – and beach visitors – at risk of close contact. Also, their usual activity includes encouraging people to visit patrolled beaches and swim in certain areas – this activity would go against the Government’s clear instruction for people to stay at home, maintain social distancing and not congregate in groups."
Though lockdown restrictions have since been eased to a further extent, social distancing guidelines remain in place in Wales to continue to combat the spread of the Coronavirus.
Bro Radio and the RNLI have teamed up to offer timely, relevant advice on having fun and staying safe on beaches across the Vale.
Every Friday morning just after 11:20am, we’ll be giving listeners an update from RNLI lifeguards posted across the county, giving details about current beach conditions and safe locations to spend the day at.