Staff and safety crews
The seaside has always attracted people of all ages, particularly during the warm summer months when numbers of water users, beach goers and visitors to our coastal towns are at there highest. Throughout the busy bathing seasons, Canterbury City Council employ a number of seasonal staff to help monitor and provide assistance to these coastal visitors.
Our Beach Lifeguards have stations on the award beaches at Tankerton and Herne Bay. They will qualified through the Royal Life Saving Society and achieved or be working towards their Nation Beach Lifeguard Qualification. The national Beach Lifeguard Qualification is open to candidates aged 16 and over and provides intensive theoretical and practical training in the theory and practices of Beach Lifeguarding, resuscitation, open water rescue skills and first aid. The main duties of a Beach Lifeguard are:
- to supervise the activities and people on the beach,
- to identify hazards and take preventative measures,
- to endeavour to prevent accidents,
- to provide water-safety and safe sunbathing advice,
- to provide a point of contact for people on the beach, and
- to provide basic first aid.
Our lifeguards' hours of duty are 10am to 5pm weekends and Bank Holidays between June and September and seven days a week during the school summer holidays.
Always be safe around the water and when out in the sun on the beach - please follow the advice in our beach safety section. If in doubt, please ask one of our lifeguards who will be happy to help, and provide assistance and advice.
Personal water craft patrols
Over the years, coastal activities and water sports have developed and changed - there is now a much greater number of powered craft and in particular, jet skies or personal water craft. For the safety of all coastal users, there are a number of coastal bylaws that are monitored and can be enforced by staff. A full list and details of these can be found in our bylaws section. To help monitor, provide advice and ultimately, help keep all water users safe, we operate our own personal water craft to aid coverage of the coastal areas.
The personal water craft will usually operate at weekends and Bank Holidays between April and October around the hours of the daytime high tide. The safety of water users is a key responsibility and we are working closely with other authorities and agencies, including Kent Police, to enforce bylaws and to keep people as safe as possible.
With an increase in water users, there has also been an increase in the use of our four public launch ramps along our district's coastline; Whitstable Harbour, Hampton, Neptune main ramp and Neptune small ramp. Being in such a tidally dependant location, access to our public launch ramps is vital to water users wishing to get their boats out and in. We are a lead authority in it's monitoring and management of it's water areas, with people coming from far afield to use our facilities.
To provide advice and guidance on local bylaws, the area and conditions, our ramp attendant is on duty at Neptune around the hours of high tide, weekends and Bank Holidays between May and September.
Foreshore services staff
In addition to these seasonal workers, there are staff working year round to manage, monitor and promote the coastal environment throughout the year:
Matthew Young – Foreshore Manager
Tom Hawkins – Coastal Development Officer
Should you have any questions or queries about our coastal areas, please contact us.