Beach Safety

Grand Bend Beach Patrol

All Grand Bend Beach Lifeguards are certified through the Lifesaving Society and tested annually on waterfront rescues. Beach Patrol provides public education, patrols the beach by foot and in towers, inspects the beach for hazards, administers first aid, searches for missing people and performs water rescues.

Operating dates and hours

Grand Bend Beach Patrol begins mid-June and ends after Labour Day in September.

Weekdays (Monday – Thursday): 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Weekends (Friday – Sunday) and Holidays: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Life jacket lending program

Our life jacket lending program is free! Visit the Grand Bend Beach Concession Stand to borrow a life jacket. All you need to do is leave a piece of identification with the concession staff and return the life jacket by 6:00 pm the same day you borrow it. 

Postings and closures

Weekly water samples are taken at public beaches from late May to early September by Lambton Public Health. These samples are tested and monitored for high levels of bacteria, excessive algae growth or other contaminants that could cause negative health effects associated with swimming. Warnings are posted when E. coli levels are higher than provincial guidelines. However, due to the delay in receiving lab results, you cannot rely on only lab results to know if it is safe to swim. Learn how to make an informed decision about beach water quality before swimming.

Advisory

An advisory is a warning to swimmers but it does not mean the beach is closed. It means the water contains levels of bacteria that suggest there may be a higher risk of developing minor skin, eye, ear, nose and throat infections or stomach disorders. If you choose to swim during an advisory, it may be wise to avoid submerging your head or swallowing the water.

Closure

A beach closure is issued when a catastrophic event occurs or an immediate risk to health is present. For example, sewage spills or toxic chemical releases. Beach closures are rare.

Beach signage

Sign

Message

Lambton Public Health - Water Quality Caution Sign

NOT POSTED – Swim with Caution

At this time, there are no warning signs posted at the beach, and levels of bacteria are within the acceptable range according to the Ministry of Health Beach Management Protocol.

Lambton Public Health - Water Quality Warning Sign

POSTED – Unsafe to Swim

Warning signs have been posted at the beach due to recent high levels of E.coli bacteria.

Beach warning flags

The Grand Bend Beach uses warning flags along the shoreline. Beach Patrol is on duty if a flag is being used. Different coloured flags communicate current swimming conditions.

Flag Image

Flag Colour

Swim Conditions

Green Flag - good conditions

Green Flag

Good conditions, no unusual hazards.

Yellow Flag - moderate conditions

Yellow Flag

Moderate conditions, swim with caution.

Red Flag - unsafe swimming conditions

Red Flag

Danger! Swimming not advised.

No Flag - no patrol on duty

No Flag

No Beach Patrol Officer on duty.

Water Wise program

Water Wise is an injury prevention campaign to reduce drowning and other water-related injuries. It does not matter if you are at the beach, on a boat or at a pool, make your play around water safe to avoid injuries that can last a lifetime.

The goal of Water Wise is to raise awareness, provide education and to create supportive environments to promote water safety.

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