Beach Patrol

Main Beach Patrol Service
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The Beach Patrol's official motto is: THE DEED IS ALL, NOT THE GLORY

Our mandate is twofold:

First, the Patrol provides aquatic supervision to the surrounding waters off the Main Beach in Port Stanley. Subsequently, the Beach Patrol provides first aid and first response support to all Main Beach Patrons.

Second, the Patrol endeavours to provide water safety awareness and education within the community.

These two mandate objectives are accomplished through the following services that the Beach Patrol provides:

  • Aquatic supervision
  • Aquatic and First Aid rescue/care
  • Water safety awareness pamphlets and talks to patrons, local schools or community based programs
  • Aquatic and First Aid training
  • Public service and community based beach events

Please call the Patrol for further information regarding the Beach Patrol services available.

The Municipality of Central Elgin operates a lifeguard service at the Main Beach. The service is on duty from late June through to Labour Day weekend.

Erie Rest, Little and Pumphouse beaches do not have a lifeguard service. Life safety equipment is provided at these beaches.

Hiring for the summer season usually occurs in mid - March to early April.
Advertisements placed in local news papers contain all of the appropriate information.
Interested applicants can also call the Municipality of Cenral Elgin office at 519-631-4860 for more information.

Following the interview process, successful candidates are subjected to rigorous physical testing before being offered a final position of employment.

All applicants to the Beach Patrol are required to have the following qualifications as a MINIMUM

  • NLS Pool certification
  • Standard First Aid
  • Adult-Child-Infant 1 and 2 person CPR
  • The Pleasure Craft Operators card is also an asset

In addition to the MINIMUM qualification requirements, all Beach Patrol members receive
extensive on site training, as well as certification in the use of advanced aquatic, beach and medical equipment.

Members of the Patrol have been certified as PADI scuba divers and in Oxygen administration, Defibrillation, and First Responder level First Aid.

All members are extensively trained in the use of motorized and non-motorized rescue craft, high speed rescues, pier rescue techniques. As well as rip tide, under tow and lateral current rescues techniques.

All Patrol members participate in daily fitness swims and beach runs, in addition to continued staff inservices designed to improve their skills and rescue techniques.

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