Official Tourism Website of Port Elgin, Ontario

Swimming in Lake Huron
Saugeen Shores, Ontario, Canada

Perhaps you would prefer to have a swim in Lake Huron. The beaches in Southampton, Port Elgin and Saugeen Township offer wonderful swimming opportunities. But you must be careful at the beach.

Please Note: The beaches in Saugeen Shores do not have life guards on duty. Please ensure that you watch children and those who are inexperienced swimmers while at the Beach and swimming in Lake Huron.

It is suggested that children and inexperienced swimmers with a 'swimming buddy" who is responsible for their direct supervision. We suggest caregiver be arm's reach of the child(ren) and inexperienced at all times, both in and out of the water.

Always swim with a buddy; never leave children in or near water unsupervised. Watch out for what the Red Cross calls the "dangerous too's" - too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, too much strenuous activity. Know Your Limits.

If you're not a strong swimmer, don't head into water that's too deep and don't try to keep up with swimmers that are much stronger than you. Inflatable mattresses,and toys and water wings are not water safety devices. Wear a life jacket if you are a inexperienced swimmer.

  • If you get into trouble, don't be afraid to call for help! Many people drown because they're too afraid to call for help or don't want to look silly.
  • If your legs get caught in weeds, don't make quick or vigourous movements. Move slowly and carefully to prevent yourself from getting tangled up even more. •If you get a cramp while in the water, don't panic. Call for help and try to massage the cramp out.
  • Swimming And Eating? It's actually a bit of a myth that you should wait one hour after eating before going for a swim. If you've just gone to an all-you-can-eat buffet and then decide to go for a strenuous one hour swim by yourself, then you could find yourself sinking. But if you've just had a normal meal, and then decide to go for a dip in the lake, you'll be fine.
  • Remember: follow the above rules about swimming with a buddy and knowing your limits. If you enjoy a busy beach head to the Port Elgin beach, for something a little more quiet try the Southampton beach or for seclusion go to Eidt's Grove or Gobles Grove beaches. What are you waiting for? Grab your swimsuit and your swimming buddy and hit the water!
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