Safe on Shore – stay off the black rocks (and more)


Safe on Shore

Nova Scotia’s coastal areas are there for you to enjoy. Make your experience safe and memorable by watching for shoreline hazards.

Potential shoreline hazards


Easy access to shorelines and coastal areas means you can expose yourself to risks you can’t control.

Slippery rocks

The area between the exposed shoreline and underwater rocks can be extremely slippery. Slippery rocks make it easy to fall in and hard to get out.

Rocky shallows

Waves and rocky shallows make it hard for rescue vessels and rescuers to reach you in the water.


Algae and seaweed grow on rocks in and near the water, making the rocks very slippery.

Unpredictable waves

Large waves can surge unexpectedly, even when the weather is clear.

Cold water

The ocean water in Nova Scotia can be cold enough to cause shock if you fall in suddenly. Shock can affect your breathing and ability to swim.


Moving ocean water creates strong currents near the shore. These include dangerous riptides.

Storm surges

During storms or hurricanes, waves on the coast can reach up to 5 metres high, or 15 feet.


If you try to rescue a person from the water, you face the same dangers as the victim—cold water, strong waves, and ocean currents.

If a life is in danger, call 911 for immediate help.

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