Lifeguards on duty at beaches

City of Barrie lifeguards will be on duty at Centennial and Johnson’s beaches from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily starting June 29, 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, Heritage Park water feature and Wilkins beach.

Once again this summer, the City of Barrie is partnering with the Canadian Red Cross on the PFD loan service. The program allows visitors to borrow personal flotation devices for free from the lifeguard office at Centennial and Johnson’s Beach during times lifeguards are on duty. A $10 refundable deposit is required. More than 180 people participated in the program last year.

Live training drills will take place at Centennial beach from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on June 28. Lifeguards will practise responding to situations, including a missing person and submerged victim. Barrie Fire and Emergency Service, Barrie Police Service and Simcoe County Paramedic Services will also attend the training.

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