This weekend is the official unveiling of lifeguard stations and patrols on beaches in Rhyl and Prestatyn. The RNLI have announced that it will be opening the doors of its first North Wales lifeguard units tomorrow (Saturday 28th May). North Wales’ newest lookout stations have been erected for locals and people visiting for our Prestatyn caravan holidays, and will be manned by the newly trained lifeguards as of 10am. The lifeguards will be on hand to offer a weekend safety service until the Half Term school holidays when they will then be on daily patrols on both beaches right through until Sunday 4th September. North Wales lifeguard manager, Peter Rooney, said: “The lifeguards have now finished their training.” He added: “They will be working closely with the volunteer lifeboat crew to help make sure that families enjoy a safe day on the beach.” Denbighshire County Council have been employing lifeguards on Rhyl and Prestatyn beaches for many years now, and last May, the authority took measures to remove the seven-day a week service between the end of May and the start of the school summer holidays. There was cover on weekends that remained, but the reduction in service resulted in a saving of £20,000 a year. Thanks to conjunctional work between the RNLI and Denbighshire County Council, the seasonal service was made able to run as a result. If you are planning on heading to the beach this weekend for what is forecasted to be a warm Bank Holiday, the RNLI’s Mr Rooney has some safety advice for people to help them enjoy their time at the beach, saying: “It is very important to check tidal times when visiting the coast. If you do find yourself cut off its very important that you don’t attempt to wade through the water to dry land – this can be very dangerous. Call 999 and ask for the coastguard who will then send for help.” Image: Rod Allday under Creative Commons.