Surf jumping at Port Maitland beach.
CARLA ALLEN PHOTO
Another season of lifeguard supervision at most of Nova Scotia's 22 beaches including some in Yarmouth County is coming to a close this weekend.
Supervision, provided by the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service, will end 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25, at the following beaches:
-- Port Maitland and Ellenwood Lake beaches, Yarmouth County
-- Mavillette Beach, Digby County
-- Heather Beach, Cumberland County.
-- Pomquet and Bayfield beaches, Antigonish County
-- Port Hood and Inverness beaches, Inverness County
-- Mira Gut Beach, Cape Breton County
-- Point Michaud Beach, Richmond County
-- Dollar Lake and Clam Harbour beaches, Halifax Regional Municipality
Bayswater Beach in Lunenburg County is closed for swimming due to high bacteria in the water. Lifeguards will continue service at the beach until Aug. 25 to ensure people know it is closed. Signs about the closure will remain in place as long as test results show high bacteria.
Lifeguards have been supervising the beaches from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily since June 29. Since the service began 41 years ago, there has not been a drowning during supervised hours.
"Our lifeguards are skilled and prepared for any situation on our beaches," said Paul D'Eon, director of the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service in a media release. "We have performed many rescues and interventions, but the rate of major incidents remains low. We aim to continue our excellent record to the end of this season."
The Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service and the Nova Scotia branch of the Lifesaving Society have been contracted by the department of Health and Wellness to provide beach supervision.
The following sites will be supervised until Sept. 2:
-- Lake Milo Beach, Yarmouth County
-- Rissers Beach, Lunenburg County
-- Queensland, Rainbow Haven, Lawrencetown, and Martinique beaches, Halifax Regional Municipality
-- Melmerby Beach, Pictou County
-- Dominion Beach, Cape Breton Regional Municipality
-- Aylesford Lake Beach, Kings County
Lawrencetown Beach will also be supervised during the weekends of Sept 7-8 and 14-15.