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Marine Unit


The Toronto Police Lifeguard Service provides supervision on the Beaches along the shores of Lake Ontario. The Service has a long and distinguished history (see history).

The Lifeguard Service is comprised of ninety-three personnel, a full time coordinator, two supervisors, thirteen Headguards and eighty Lifeguards. The Service provides beach lifeguards, and rescue personnel on the thirteen beaches stretching along Toronto's 44-km shoreline (Information on Toronto's Beaches is at Blue Flag Canada. To accomplish this, the staff is broken up into four crews.

TPS lifeguards on the beach holding a long toronto police lifegueard service banner

Sunnyside, responsible for the western beaches and Marie Curtis Park, has a staff of three Headguards and thirteen Lifeguards. The crew makes use of five rowboats, a kayak, a paddleboard, and a seventy-five horsepower Boston Whaler to patrol their beaches and Lake Ontario.

The Island crew is responsible for the beaches of the Toronto Islands, and Clark Beach. The Islands are staffed with three Headguards and twenty-three lifeguards who use nine rowboats, six paddleboards, a kayak, and a seventy-five horsepower Boston Whaler. Leuty Beach was named for the street where the beach house is located is responsible for the Eastern Beaches. The crew at Leuty consists off three Headguards and thirty lifeguards who use twelve rowboats, five paddleboards, a kayak, and a seventy-five horsepower Boston Whaler to cover two beaches along 3 km of shoreline.

TPS lifeguards whaler rescue boat

The crew at Bluffers Beach consists of three head guards and ten lifeguards guarding the beaches at Bluffers Park and Rouge Beach Park. The crew is equipped with four rowboats two paddleboards, two kayaks and a fifty horsepower Boston Whaler.

The service operates from mid May to Labour Day providing lifeguarding from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The duties of the beach lifeguards include supervision of an assigned stretch of beach, providing prevention rescue capabilities and first aid, as well as staffing the main look out tower and crewing the rescue boat.

The lifeguard service is committed to training. Headguards receive approximately one hundred hours of training each spring. This covers orientation, boat handling and boat rescue, Marine First Responders, AED, as well as leadership, administration, and instructional skills.

First year lifeguards receive sixty hours of training, and returning lifeguards receive forty hours, including, orientation, health and safety, powerboat crew, rowing, NLS waterfront, standard first aid and CPR.

The Toronto Police Marine Unit hires 93 seasonal personnel every spring. See the TPS Careers page for job postings.

Lake Ontario, is a natural waterfront, be aware of waves, uneven bottom topography, and changing conditions. Swim only in designated areas where supervised and obey flag system. (See Beach Flags on this page.) Parents remember, Children are your responsibility, keep them with in arms reach.

Photo of a lake with people swimming and sailboats in the distance