News release

Long Weekend Beach Supervision

Anticipated weather conditions will affect beaches and lifeguard supervision across the province this weekend.

"We remain focused on the safety of beach-goers, but anticipate high winds and increased swells, which can create dangerous conditions," said Paul D'Eon, director of the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service. "Supervision will also be suspended with the closure of provincial parks, and will resume when they are reopened."

Rainbow Haven Beach, Lawrencetown Beach, Aylesford Lake Beach and Lake Milo Boat Club, will be supervised from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., between today, Sept. 3, and Monday, Sept. 6, although these beaches will be closed Saturday.

Rainbow Haven Beach and Lawrencetown Beach, which are provincial parks and operated by the Department of Natural Resources, will close today at 6 p.m. These beaches will remain closed until further notice. There will be no lifeguard supervision until they reopen.

Aylesford Lake Beach and Lake Milo Boat Club are municipally owned beaches. Lifeguard supervision will resume when they are expected to reopen Sunday and Monday.

Lawrencetown Beach will also reopen, as previously scheduled, the weekends of Sept. 11 and 12, and Sept. 18 and 19.

The storm conditions will produce large waves that will be extremely dangerous. There will also be lateral shore currents leading to rip currents. The public is advised to stay well back from the shoreline and stay out of the water during this storm surge.

If choosing to swim at an unsupervised beach, Nova Scotians are encouraged to use extra care and follow these tips:

  • don't overestimate ability and stay within depth
  • parents should keep their children within arm's reach on the beach and in the water
  • do not consume alcohol on beaches
  • swim with a partner in case of trouble

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

FOR BROADCAST USE:

Anticipated weather conditions will affect beaches and lifeguard supervision across the province this weekend.

Rainbow Haven Beach, Lawrencetown Beach, Aylesford Lake Beach and Lake Milo Boat Club, will be supervised from 10 A-M to 6 P-M, from today (September 3rd) to Monday (September 6th), although these beaches will be closed Saturday.

Rainbow Haven Beach and Lawrencetown Beach, which are part of the provincial parks and operated by the Department of Natural Resources, will close today at 6 P-M. Until they are reopened by Natural Resources, there will be no lifeguard supervision.

Aylesford Lake Beach and Lake Milo Boat Club, which are municipal owned beaches, will be supervised when they are expected to reopen Sunday and Monday.

Lawrencetown Beach will also reopen, as previously scheduled, the weekends of September 11th and 12th, and 18th and 19th.

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Tony Kiritsis
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