Beach and sea

Guarded bathing and swimming areas

Bathing and swimming is only allowed in the guarded areas along the beach.

Lifeguard service

Lifeguard services are on the lookout every weekend from June 1st till June 15th and every day from June 16th till August 31st, from 10.30 am till 6.30 pm.

Head lifeguard: Bastiaan Vanhaecke - 050 41 46 43 - 0470 90 03 78

When can I swim?

  • Green flag: bathing and swimming allowed.
  • Yellow flag: bathing and swimming dangerous: do not take inflatable/floating objects into the water!
  • Red Flag: bathing and swimming prohibited.

Please mind the following warnings:

  • Only bathe and swim in guarded areas, NEVER in unguarded areas.
  • NEVER let children bathe or swim unsupervised.
  • In case of severe surf, never go further into the water than up to the hips.
  • In case of wind blowing off-land or yellow flag, never go further into the water than up to the waist and NEVER use inflatable mattresses etc.
  • Going offshore from the beach with scooters and/or jetski's is forbidden.

First Aid posts

  • De Haan: 059 23 39 00
  • Vosseslag: 059 23 67 30
  • Wenduine: 050 41 23 96

Orientation bracelets

Using the free orientation bracelets (available at lifeguard posts, first aid posts and the tourist office), a child that is lost will be right back where it came from. The bracelets provide space to write the name of the little beach visitor and the mobile number of the parent by using a simple pen.

A beach accessible to everyone

In July and August, disabled people can freely get a special beach wheelchair in the first aid posts on the beaches of De Haan, Wenduine and Vosseslag.

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Barbecue parties on the beach, in the dunes and other public places can only take place only after official permission by the mayor.

Spending the night

Spending the night in caravans, tents, campers, etc. is prohibited on public roads, in the woods, in the dunes and on the beach.


  • Dogs are not allowed on the beach, in the dunes and in the sea from June 1st to September 30th, between 10 am and 7 pm.
  • Except for these periods, dogs allowed on the beach do not need to be leashed. However the dog owner must always be able to control his dog in order to avoid that public order on the beach is disturbed. Dogs must always be leashed in the woods and anywhere else on public roads.


  • Horses are not admitted on beach entrances and on the beach at high tide and in the period from June 1st to September 15th, between 10 am and 7 pm.
  • Riding in the dune section between the Koninklijke Baan and the beach is forbidden, except for the bridle paths.

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