Nova Scotia

N.S. Lifeguards start 40th season with no drownings

The Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service is now on duty for the summer.
Saturday marks the start of the season for Nova Scotia lifeguards. (CBC)

The Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service is now on duty for the summer. This marks the service's 40th year on beaches across the province, and in 40 years, they've never lost a swimmer while on duty.

"Every time someone says that I say knock on wood," said Paul D'Eon, the director of the service. "Our goal is for every lifeguard and every shift not to let it happen on their shift. And that's what we try to emphasize."

This year, 85 guards will spread across 24 beaches from Yarmouth to Ingonish.

D'Eon said it's important for the guards to educate beach-goers on ways to stay safe. He said parents play an important role in keeping up the record.

"If you have children, certainly we'd like to them to stay within arms reach," he said. "Laying on the beach is not supervising your children. So go with them in the water, keep an eye on them, have fun with them."

D'Eon also reminds swimmers that to stay between the red and yellow flags, which mark the supervised area.

Lifeguards will be on duty from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily.

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