NSLS

Rent-A-Guard

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The Lifesaving Society – Nova Scotia Branch and the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service are pleased to offer the Rent-A-Guard service.

Please visit here to make a request.

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Beaches

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Lifeguard Supervision

Unless otherwise noted, the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service has lifeguards on duty from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily in July and August.

Aylesford Lake Beach | Kings County
Bayfield Beach | Antigonish County
Bayswater Beach | Lunenburg County
Clam Harbour Beach | Halifax County
Dollar Lake Beach | Halifax County
Dominion Beach | Cape Breton County
Heather Beach | Cumberland County
Ingonish Beach | Victoria County
Inverness Beach | Inverness County
Lake Ellenwood Beach | Yarmouth County
Lake Milo Boat Club | Yarmouth County
Lawrencetown Beach | Halifax County
Martinique Beach | Halifax County
Mavillette Beach | Digby County
Melmerby Beach | Pictou County
Mira Gut Beach | Cape Breton County
Point Michaud | Richmond County
Pomquet Beach | Antigonish County
Port Hood Beach | Inverness County
Port Maitland Beach | Yarmouth County
Queensland Beach | Halifax County
Rainbow Haven Beach | Halifax County
Rissers Beach | Lunenburg County

News Releases

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  • Lifesaving Sport Results - March 17, 2018
  • Lifesaving Sport Results Canada Games Centre February 18 - February 23, 2018
  • NSLS is looking for Lifeguards - January 25, 2018
  • Lifesaving Sport Competition Results - January 18, 2018
  • Results December 9 Lifesaving Sport Event - December 14, 2017
  • Lifesaving Sport Schedule 2017-18 - October 27, 2017
  • Results - 2017 Canadian Surf Lifesaving Championships - September 1, 2017
  • Biweekly News Bulletin August 29, 2017 - August 29, 2017
  • Canadian Surf Lifesaving Championships 2017 Results - August 26, 2017
  • Canadian Surf Lifesaving Championships 2017 News Release - August 24, 2017
  • Biweekly News Bulletin July 28, 2017 - August 24, 2017
  • 2017 Nova Scotia Lifesaving Sport Series- Round 3 and Final Series Results - August 23, 2017
  • Biweekly News Bulletin August 11, 2017 - August 11, 2017
  • 2017 Maritime Surf Lifesaving Championships/Surf Series Round 2 Results - August 8, 2017
  • Canadian Lifeguard Challenge 2017 Results - August 8, 2017
  • Bayswater Beach now open for swimming, stream remains closed - August 1, 2017
  • Media Advisory - Press Conference for 2017 Canadian Lifeguard Challenge - July 31, 2017
  • Bayswater Beach closed for swimming - July 24, 2017
  • 2017 Nova Scotia Lifesaving Sport Series- Round 1 Results - July 20, 2017
  • National Drowning Prevention Week 2017 NS Information Package & Poster - July 12, 2017
  • NSLS Training Camp 2017 News Release - June 29, 2017
  • The Guardian June 2017 - June 1, 2017
  • The Training Camp Guardian 2017 - June 1, 2017
  • 2017 Maritime Pool Lifesaving Championships Results - May 9, 2017
  • NS Pool Series 2017 and LCLC Round 4 Competition Results - April 24, 2017
  • Results LSS Sport Competition and Junior Lifeguard Games - March 30, 2017
  • Centennial Pool Invitational Lifesaving Sport Competition Results - February 2017 - February 17, 2017
  • NSLS Employment Applications Now Online - January 23, 2017
  • Dartmouth Ramfish Invitational Lifesaving Sport Competition Results - December 2016 - January 5, 2017
  • Lifesaving Sport Series - Round 3 Results -August 25, 2016 - August 25, 2016
  • Lifesaving Sport Series - Round 2 Results -August 9, 2016 - August 9, 2016
  • Lifesaving Sport Series - Round 1 Results - July 20, 2016 - July 22, 2016

About Us

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Background

aboutmap smThe Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service (NSLS) has been keeping Nova Scotia's provincial beaches safe since 1973. The Beach Supervision Program was the result of a 1972 study which pointed out the need to reduce the high number of drownings and related incidents at beaches in Nova Scotia. A full-time coordinator was hired in 1975, and the Beach Supervision Program changed its name to the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service. The Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service and the Lifesaving Society, Nova Scotia Branch have been contracted by the Department of Health and Wellness (DHW) to provide beach supervision. Paul D'Eon is the the current NSLS Director.

Operational Structure

Nova Scotia is divided into regional areas. Each area has a Regional Area Supervisor who helps train staff, maintains equipment and ensures quality supervision on each beach. Beach Captains (senior lifeguards) are in charge of the daily operations of the beach, ensure operational policies and procedures are followed, set up work and break schedules and ensures staff inservice training is complete. The number of lifeguards required for each beach depends on the size of the supervised area and the number of people who visit the beach. In total, NSLS supervises 17 provincial park beaches in Nova Scotia, supervises 6 other beach sites through municipal agreements, 1 beach through a federal agreement and provides consultation services to other municipal lifeguard agencies such as Richmond County Recreation, Kings County Recreation, Yarmouth Leisure Services, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, and Antigonish County Recreation.

Employee Recruitment and Selection

aboutswimPotential lifeguards apply to the NSLS in early February. The lifeguarding season runs from the end of June to the end of August. Applicants must possess the National Lifeguard certification, a Standard First Aid course, and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) level C.

As part of the selection process, applicants must complete a timed 500 metre swim, a timed 3.2 kilometre run, and a timed standardized 50 metre Manikin Carry event (according to Lifesaving Society Standards). The Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service strives to staff its beaches with local lifeguards. If there is no qualified local staff available, the NSLS will hire staff from other areas and provide living accommodations and/or travel subsidy.

Staff Training and Development

abouttrainPrior to opening day, NSLS guards attend an intensive four-day training camp. The camp focuses on fitness, team building and technical skill development. It is here where guards prepare for the National Lifeguard Waterfront / Surf Exam, which ensures the lifeguards are prepared for their role on the beaches. It is here, also, where guards meet each other, develop leadership skills, and have the opportunity to have their questions answered by experienced guards.

During the eight-week season, lifeguards are required to complete daily in-service tasks. These include practice rescue situations and physical training events. As well, staff is required to participate in beach community relation’s projects, which educate the public and promote the NSLS.

The Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service is also involved in a Lifeguard Exchange program with the Wollongong City Council Lifeguards in New South Wales, Australia. This program offers excellent learning opportunities to both organizations, as well as provides an exciting change of scenery and a new set of challenges.

As of May 2015, the NSLS has supervised over 18.1 million people, performed 4132 documented rescues, conducted 1497 community service projects and employed over 1167 different staff.

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