WATCH ABOVE: When you look outside, it’s almost hard to believe it’s the first week of September. The sun is shining and the warm weather will be sticking around for the long weekend. As Global’s Natasha Pace tells us lifeguards are being brought back in to watch over several Nova Scotia beaches to help keep swimmers safe.
HALIFAX —; It’s going to be a warm long weekend, leaving many of people heading to the same spot for some relief: the water.
“My friend Ava and I, we are going to go boogie boarding on the ocean,” said Lilly Mesheau as she arrived at Rainbow Haven beach with her family and friends.
Last week the lifeguard service officially wrapped up but with the unseasonably warm weather, the Lifesaving Society decided to bring lifeguards back to some beaches in the province.
“Over the last ten years, we’ve done it a couple of times. September can give you hurricanes or it can give you beautiful, sunny weather. We got beautiful, sunny weather this weekend,” said Paul DEon of the Lifesaving Society.
Parents hitting the beach with little ones were pleased to see the lifeguards back in action.
“I think its great,” said Melanie Mesheau. “I think lots of people will be here using it and I know that most people do want to make sure their children are safe and having an extra set of eyes is always a good thing.”
The province has seen a spike in water-related deaths recently. During the month of August there were eight fatalities.
Officials are urging anyone hitting the water this weekend to swim with a buddy. Lifeguards are asking people to put on a life jacket if you are not a strong swimmer and to chose supervised areas.
“Go to a beach that’s supervised and swim within a supervised area because it’s a lot safer,” said lifeguard Hannah Jackson.
Officials want people to enjoy the weather and the water, but to remember to be safe.
“Were gonna have some good weather in September. September is typically an extension of Nova Scotia summer, so we urge people to use caution out there,” said D’Eon.
Lifeguard service has been re-established on Rissers Beach in Lunenburg County as well as Rainbow Haven and Martinique Beaches in Halifax from September 5-7.
Lifeguard service will continue at Lawrencetown Beach the weekends of September 5-7 and 12-13.