DEDICATED RNLI lifeguards will be returning to Sedgemoor's beaches this weekend for what is set to be a busy summer season.

The lifeguards, which are paid for by Sedgemoor District Council, will be on duty from May 25 to cover the half-term holidays and then they will be on duty during the weekends throughout June, before beginning full-time safety patrols during the first week in July.

They will be on the beaches from 10 am until 6pm.

The lifeguards will provide an additional service at Burnham-on-Sea and Berrow Beaches alongside the Sedgemoor-employed beach wardens.

All beach users are urged to follow safety signs and listen to any advice and warning information issued by Sedgemoor’s beach wardens or the RNLI Lifeguards – the staff are there to ensure your safety.

Luke Penman, RNLI lifeguard supervisor, said: "All our lifeguards are very much looking forward to returning to Sedgemoor beaches.

"We encourage those thinking of a trip to the coast over the summer months to always visit a lifeguarded beach and if you’re heading into the sea please respect the water and swim between the red and yellow flags, which have been designated as the safest swimming areas by lifeguards.

"RNLI lifeguards are fully trained in all aspects of beach safety, so if you have any questions please approach a lifeguard who will be more than happy to help or offer expert advice.

"If you find yourself or anyone else in trouble please raise your hand and call for help.

"It is very important that you don’t try and attempt the rescue yourself – the situation could easily turn and you could find yourself in trouble too. RNLI lifeguards will come to your assistant; or if something happens outside of the lifeguarding hours call 999 and ask for the Coastguard."