News release

Lifeguard Supervision Starts July 1

Beachgoers can cool off and enjoy the water under the watchful eye of lifeguards starting Thursday, July 1.

"We know Nova Scotians and visitors are looking forward to summer fun at the province's beaches," said Lands and Forestry Minister Chuck Porter. “Lifeguards are trained and ready to respond to any situation. Please follow their instructions and make safety a priority when swimming and enjoying other water sports."

The Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service provides 82 lifeguards to supervise 24 beaches in 12 counties. Last summer, more than 300,000 people visited the beaches and more than 100 rescues took place.

A list of supervised beaches is found on the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service website:

Beaches will be supervised daily between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., except for Mavillette and Clam Harbour beaches which are only supervised on weekends until Aug. 29.


We are hoping for another safe season but are preparing staff for any incident that could occur. We urge beachgoers to swim in the supervised areas, between the red and yellow flags. Paul D'Eon, director, Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service

Quick Facts:

  • Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service is contracted by the Department of Lands and Forestry, several municipalities, and Parks Canada to provide supervision at 24 Nova Scotia beaches
  • lifeguards hold a Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard certification, Standard First Aid, Oxygen Administration and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/Automated External Defibrillation
  • Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service has supervised the province’s most popular beaches for 48 years
  • lifeguards have supervised nearly 20 million people and made nearly 4,850 rescues since 1973
  • Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service also helps government test water quality to ensure the safety of all swimmers

Additional Resources:

Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service website:

Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service Facebook:

Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service Twitter:

Department of Lands and Forestry Twitter:


Media Contacts:

Deborah Bayer
Lands and Forestry 902-225-4982 Email:
Paul D’Eon
Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service 902-477-6155 Email: