LIFEGUARDS will be returning to four beaches in Bournemouth and Poole this weekend in time for the Easter break.

After undergoing weeks of intensive training, the RNLI’s lifeguards will be keeping visitors safe on Bournemouth East, Bournemouth West, Boscombe East and Sandbanks beaches, from 10am to 6pm each day, until April 21.

In 2013, RNLI lifeguards attended five incidents in Bournemouth during the Easter holidays, which were mainly minor first aid and missing children reports, while they attended four incidents in Sandbanks.

Barry Heathfield, lifeguard manager, pictured, said that the charity is delighted to be providing cover on beaches in Bournemouth and Poole over the Easter period.

He added: “We hope people will head down to the coast and enjoy our wonderful beaches now that the weather is warming up a bit.

“Although it is getting milder, the sea is still very cold this time of year, so if you’re going to take the plunge, make sure you’re wearing a good wetsuit or drysuit, go with other people and keep an eye on each other.”