Lifeguards on duty at provincial beaches starting Saturday

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Beach goers can cool off and enjoy the water under the watchful eye of lifeguards from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily starting today (Saturday) at Melmerby Beach and other provincial beaches throughout Nova Scotia.

"We're looking forward to another safe season of summer fun at the province's beaches," said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. "We ask beachgoers to use common sense for safety when swimming and doing other water sports, and obey our lifeguards' instructions."

Nova Scotia lifeguards are fully certified and attend training before the season begins to ensure they have technical and physical skills to do water rescue and promote water safety.

Since 1973, the lifeguard service has maintained a perfect record of no drownings on Nova Scotia beaches during supervised hours. It aims to maintain this record.

"Our top priority is to ensure another successful season," said Paul D'Eon, director of the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service. "We are preparing staff for any incident that could occur."

The Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service and the Lifesaving Society, Nova Scotia Branch, are contracted by the Department of Health and Wellness to provide supervision at 23 Nova Scotia beaches. They also guard some federal and municipal beaches. A complete list is available at www.nsls.ns.ca .

Organizations: Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service, Lifesaving Society, Nova Scotia Branch Department of Health and Wellness

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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