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The Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service (NSLS) will begin its 25th
season of providing supervision to Nova Scotia beaches on Canada
Day Weekend, Saturday, June 29. Fourteen beaches will be
supervised by the NSLS lifeguards until Labour Day weekend.

The province's most popular beach locations will be supervised
daily from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., including: Dominion Beach,
Cape Breton County; Port Hood and Inverness Beaches, Inverness
County; Lawrencetown, Dollar Lake, Queensland and Rainbow Haven
Beaches, Halifax County; Cumberland County's Heather Beach;
Risser's Beach, Lunenburg County; and Melmerby Beach, Pictou

In Halifax County, Clam Harbour Beach will be supervised on
weekends only. The beach at Aylesford Lake in Kings County will
be supervised by the NSLS in cooperation with the municipal parks
and recreation service. In Antigonish County, Pomquet Beach and
Bayfield Beach lifeguards are trained and supervised by the NSLS.

The NSLS is a joint project of the Nova Scotia Sport and
Recreation Commission, which provides funding, and the Canadian
Red Cross - Nova Scotia Division - which is responsible for staff
recruitment, training, equipment inventory and maintenance.

John Bessonette, Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service coordinator, is
expecting another safe summer on the beaches. "The lifeguards are
not only trained in what to do if an accident occurs, but also in
how to prevent accidents from happening in the first place.
Prevention is one of their most important skills," said

All NSLS lifeguards hold their National Lifeguard certification,
standard first aid and CPR. All guards also attend a pre-season
three-day training camp which focuses on physical training and
technical skill development.


Contact: John Bessonette  902-424-1442

         Ismael Aquino    902-424-1474

trp                          June 19, 1996 - 2:38 p.m.