Beaches may have serious hazards. Sudden drop-offs, sharp rocks, unpredictable weather and unexpected waves heighten the risk of swimming in a lake. The Central Elgin Beach Rescue Service provides water safety awareness and education to all patrons in the surrounding waters off the Main Beach in Port Stanley, as well as water supervision and emergency medical response. They update their Twitter account on a regular basis (regarding weather conditions, etc).

Beach Patrol Supervision

The Main beach is patrolled between the months of July through to September. It is important to note that there are no lifeguards on duty at Erie Rest, Little, or Pumphouse beaches. At these beaches, lifesaving equipment is available.

Hours of Beach Supervision


10 am - 6 pm


10 am - 6 pm


10 am - 6 pm


10 am - 6 pm


10 am - 6 pm


10 am - 8 pm


10 am - 8 pm


10 am - 8 pm

Know the Flags

Lifeguards fly coloured flags to define the water conditions.

Flag ColourSwim Conditions


Good Condition, no unusual hazards


Moderate conditions, swim with caution


Danger! Swimming not advised

No Flag

No beach patrol on duty

Jumping and Diving From the Pier

This is a dangerous activity and is prohibited. The Pier has the potential to create structural currents. Do not put yourself, or first responders at risk.

Structural Currents Illustration


  • Operate powerboats responsibly – don't speed close to shore, slow down when the water is choppy
  • Slow your speed and exercise caution when operating a boat near a swim zone or a beach. Swimmers may stray outside the designated swim zones and are tough to see if you're going too fast or not paying attention
  • Be courteous to other beach users. Noise generated by boats going at high speeds can be disruptive to others
  • Be aware of the wake from your boat. Nearby swimmers and other small craft may be overwhelmed by the waves

Beach Water Quality

Visit the Beach Water Quality page for more information