Swim between the red and yellow flags. These flags mark off the supervised portion of the beach. While on the beach, all parents are reminded to keep their children within arm’s reach. It is illegal to consume alcohol on beaches. An overwhelming number of drowning and water-related incidents are tied to alcohol consumption. Nova Scotia lifeguards are hitting the beach in hopes of another safe and successful summer. With 21 of the province’s most popular beaches reopening on Saturday, June 30, for the supervised season, Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service lifeguards are aiming to uphold a 34-year no-drowning record. “Nova Scotians can enjoy our many beautiful supervised beaches knowing that there are highly trained lifeguards on site,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. “It is the excellent training and commitment of our lifeguards which helps to prevent countless injuries and tragedies every summer.” “Having another safe season is our primary goal. I am confident the team of guards we have this year will be able to complete the task,” said Paul D’Eon, director, Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service. “Hopefully we can also have a bit of fun.” It is estimated that 500,000 people visit supervised beaches eachyear. Beach visitors are once again reminded to follow some simple guidelines: More than 60 lifeguards, many of whom are university students from across Nova Scotia, attended an intensive four-day training camp from June 23 to June 27 before the start of the season. All are certified in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), standard first aid and hold a National Lifeguard Service award. The Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service is a joint project of the Lifesaving Society and the Department of Health Promotion and Protection. For more information about the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service, see the website at www.nsls.ns.ca .