City lifeguards mark summer beach season

Barrie lifeguards take up position on the city’s main beaches, as another summer season kicks in. They will be perched atop their lookouts at Centennial and Johnson’s beaches starting Friday, June 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, weather permitting.
Signs will be posted to note when lifeguards are on duty and buoy lines will mark the designated supervised swimming areas. There is no supervision available at any of the other waterfront locations, including Minet’s Point Park Beach, Tyndale Park Beach, Heritage Park Water Feature, and Wilkins Beach.
Once again, the City is partnering with the Canadian Red Cross for the PFD Loan Service. This program allows visitors to borrow personal flotation devices for free, with a $10 refundable deposit, from the Lifeguard Office at Centennial Beach and Johnson’s Beach during times that lifeguards are on duty. More than 180 people participated in the program in 2017.
Live training drills will take place at Centennial Beach on Thursday, June 28 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lifeguards will practise responding to situations including a missing person and a submerged victim. Barrie Fire and Emergency Service, Barrie Police Service and Simcoe County Paramedic Services will also attend the training. For more information about Barrie’s beaches, visit barrie.ca/beaches.

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