The Northwest Territories government is considering limiting the number of people who can use Yellowknife's most popular beach.

It's bringing in an independent contractor to assess the Long Lake beach, which is within a territorial park.

That's after a young boy drowned there a week and a half ago.

The Canadian Life Saving society will study safety issues at Long Lake beach, as well as the beach in Hay River, and what changes are needed to make the popular swimming spots safer.

Richard Zieba is the territory's director of Tourism and Parks.

"Maybe we have to limit access, in terms of the number of people who can be at the beach at a given time," he said.

"Ratio of kids to adults. They'll talk about infrastructure, if we want to move towards supervision on the beach."

Zieba said the government is ready to make whatever changes the society suggests as soon as possible.

"They're sending two auditors up on July 14. July 15 they will be reviewing safety issues at Fred Henne. They'll be going to Hay River later on to look at the beach there and from that there will be a series of recommendations to enhance safety at those two beaches," he said.

Since the drowning of a seven year old last week at Long Lake beach several people in Yellowknife have been questioning why there is no lifeguard at the beach.

Zieba said staffing has been the biggest issue.