Lifeguarding season ends

August 30th, 2010

Sunday, Aug. 29 will be the last day of beach supervision for most of the 22 beaches supervised by the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service.

Aylesford Lake Beach in Kings County, Lake Milo Boat Club in Yarmouth County, and Lawrencetown Beach in the Halifax Regional Municipality will remain supervised until Monday, Sept. 6. Supervision at Lawrencetown Beach will reopen the weekends of Sept. 11 and 12, and Sept. 18 and 19.

"Congratulations to the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service for another successful season of keeping Nova Scotians safe," said Maureen MacDonald, minister of Health Promotion and Protection. "Thanks to your hard work, Nova Scotian families and visitors have access to safe, supervised beaches in every region of the province."

Lifeguards have been supervising the beaches from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily since July 1. Since the service began 38 years ago, there has not been a drowning during supervised hours and, to date, this summer has been no exception.

"The Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service is proud that, so far this year, we have kept our record intact," said Paul D'Eon, director of the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service. "Although our lifeguards have performed numerous rescues and interventions, the rate of major incidents remains low."

Lifeguards from the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service will be competing on Aug. 28 and 29 at the Canadian Surf Lifesaving Championship in Toronto. Nova Scotia has hosted this championship six times previous.

The Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service is a joint project of the Department of Health Promotion and Protection and the Lifesaving Society, Nova Scotia Branch.