ROYAL National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguards are returning to seven beaches across Scotland today, bringing with them lifesaving equipment and vital beach safety advice.

A further lifeguarded beach at Broughty Ferry in Dundee has been established following collaboration with Dundee City Council ahead of what is anticipated to be a very busy summer for the lifesaving charity. This brings the total number of RNLI lifeguard patrolled beaches in ­Scotland to eight.

RNLI lead lifeguard supervisor, Gio Ceccarelli, said: “Our beautiful beaches offer a great opportunity to enjoy fresh air and open spaces but can also be unpredictable and dangerous environments, particularly during a typical Scottish summer when air temperatures start warming up but water temperatures remain dangerously cold.

“With more people than ever planning to stay at home this summer, now more than ever, we encourage people to visit a lifeguarded beach if they plan to enter the water.”

Speaking about the service on Broughty Ferry Beach, Dundee City Council environment convener, councillor Anne Rendall said: “We are delighted to have partnered with the RNLI to secure the provision of lifeguards on Broughty Ferry beach.

“The golden sands at Broughty Ferry are a real jewel in the city’s crown, and were recently recognised with a Scotland’s Beach Award.

“I would encourage all beach users, particularly those who enjoy open swimming in water that can still be very cold even at this time of year, to stay safe and follow the lifeguards’ ­advice at all times.”