NOTE: A list of beaches that will continue to have lifeguard service until Monday, Sept. 2 and on designated weekends into September, follows this release.
Another season of lifeguard supervision at most of Nova Scotia’s 22 beaches is coming to a close this weekend.
Supervision, provided by the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service, will end 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25, at the following beaches:
— Heather Beach, Cumberland Co.
— Pomquet and Bayfield beaches, Antigonish Co.
— Port Hood and Inverness beaches, Inverness Co.
— Mira Gut Beach, Cape Breton Co.
— Point Michaud Beach, Richmond Co.
— Dollar Lake and Clam Harbour beaches, Halifax Regional Municipality
— Port Maitland and Ellenwood Lake beaches, Yarmouth Co.
— Mavillette Beach, Digby Co.
Bayswater Beach in Lunenburg Co. is currently closed for swimming due to high bacteria in the water. Lifeguards will continue service at the beach until Aug. 25 to ensure people know it is closed. Signs about the closure will remain in place as long as test results show high bacteria.
“Nova Scotians have had another beautiful summer of fun at the beach under the watchful eye of the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service,” said Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson. “I offer my thanks to our lifeguards for their commitment to protecting Nova Scotians from harm, and to beach goers for using common sense for safety in and around the water.”
Lifeguards have been supervising the beaches from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily since June 29. Since the service began 41 years ago, there has not been a drowning during supervised hours.
“Our lifeguards are skilled and prepared for any situation on our beaches,” said Paul D’Eon, director of the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service. “We have performed many rescues and interventions, but the rate of major incidents remains low. We aim to continue our excellent record to the end of this season.”
The Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service and the Nova Scotia branch of the Lifesaving Society have been contracted by the department of Health and Wellness to provide beach supervision.