June 27, 2023
Lifeguard supervision at many Nova Scotia beaches will begin Saturday, July 1.
About two dozen beaches in 12 counties are staffed each summer. Beaches are supervised daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except for Mavillette Beach, Digby County, and Clam Harbour Beach, Halifax Regional Municipality, which are only supervised on weekends.
Most beaches will have lifeguards on duty until August 27. A list of supervised beaches and daily updates on conditions are available at:
The Nova Scotia Lifesaving Society is contracted by the Department of Natural Resources and Renewables, several municipalities, and Parks Canada to provide lifeguards.
- last summer, more than 182,000 people visited provincial beaches and more than 90 rescues took place
- lifeguards require a Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard certification as well as certifications in standard first aid, oxygen administration, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillation (AED)
- the society works with the government to test water quality to ensure the safety of all swimmers