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Can I have a camp fire or bonfire at my beach party?
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Camp fires or bonfires are permitted but they must be contained in or on a metal surface such as a barbecue. It is illegal to burn the wood directly on the sand. Once the camp fire party is finished the wood must be doused with generous amounts of se... Read More
Is it illegal to use a metal detector in a park?
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Metal detectors are only permitted to be used on the public beaches and applicants must obtain a special permit from the Department of Parks in Botanical Gardens.At no time can metal detectors be used around forts or other historic sites such as grav... Read More
How do I get a special permit for a function in the parks and beaches and what are the fees?
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Special permits are issued to applicants on a first come first serve basis for 20 + attendees, at the Department of Parks office which is located in Botanical Gardens. At present the only fee is $ 25 for a wedding which is subject to change. However,... Read More
Can I sell food or snowballs or maybe tee shirts on a beach, or at a park or on the roadside?
Viewed 1216 times since Tue, Mar 6, 2012
The Department of Parks has a limited number of locations that are designated for the operation of concessions such as lunch wagons or snowball stands and they are as follows:1. Ducking Stool Park2. John Smiths Bay3. Elbow Beach Park4. Warwick Long B... Read More
How do I become a lifeguard with the Bermuda Lifeguard Service?
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Lifeguards are recruited from December onwards for the following season (generally 1st May 31st October). General recruitment instructions and applications are available from the office of the Department of Parks. Read More
What beaches does the Bermuda Lifeguard Service cover?
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The Bermuda Lifeguard Service currently provides seasonal lifeguard coverage to 5 beaches: Horseshoe Bay, Southampton; John Smith's Bay, Smith's; Clearwater Beach, St. George's; Turtle Beach, St. George's; and Long Bay located on ... Read More
What certification does the Bermuda Lifeguard Service use for their lifeguards?
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As leaders in water safety, the Bermuda Lifeguard Service has incorporated the Royal Life Saving Society's National Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NBLQ) as our entry level standard for life guarding at our national parks.The Department of Parks ... Read More
Who is in charge of the Bermuda Lifeguard Service?
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The Bermuda Lifeguard Service is directed by the Lifeguard Superintendent or in his absence the Park Officer, who answers directly to the Director of Parks. Read More
When can I take my dog on the public beaches?
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Dogs are permitted on the beaches from the 1st November to the 31st March the following year. From the 1st April to the 31st October in the same year dogs are not permitted on the public beaches. Read More
When are horses not allowed on the beaches?
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The regulations regarding taking or riding a horse on the beach is different depending on the time of year.Between the 1st May to 31st October in any year, horses cannot be taken or ridden on the following beaches; ALL beaches in South Shore Park fro... Read More
Where are some of the popular parks and beaches for booking special permits?
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Alexandra Battery ParkMullet BayTurtle BeachClearwater BeachShelly Bay ParkJohn Smith's Bay ParkParson's Road PlaygroundAdmiralty House ParkSpanish Point ParkBotanical GardensElbow Beach ParkAstwood ParkWarwick Long BayWarwick Long Bay Play... Read More
What are the opening times for Fort St. Catherine?
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The Fort is opened from Mon-Fri 9:30-4:00pm. Read More
What does it cost to camp at a park?
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"The fee to camp is $ 12 a night per camp site. Read More
Does the Bermuda Lifeguard Service offer swimming lessons?
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What is the minimum age requirement to be a lifeguard?
Viewed 725 times since Tue, Mar 6, 2012
Potential lifeguard candidates must be 16 years of age or older at the time of commencement of a training course. Read More
Can I take plants, flowers or cuttings from the Botanical Gardens?
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Not without the permission of the Department of Parks. Read More
What is a Senior Lifeguard?
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The Senior Lifeguard is a lifeguard in a supervisory position. He or she reports directly to the Lifeguard Superintendent. The Senior is responsible for the day to day running of the beach and for the actions of the lifeguards under him or her on a... Read More
At what parks can I camp and when is camping season?
Viewed 711 times since Tue, Mar 6, 2012
Camping is permitted at the following campgrounds: Ferry Point Park and Chaplin Bay which is in South Shore Park below Warwick Camp. There is no camping at Coney Island. The camping season is from the second Saturday in May until the third Sunday in ... Read More
Who is responsible for the Railway Trail?
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Department of Parks, Assistant Park Planner jskelly@gov.bm Read More
Are you allowed to drive vehicles on the Railway Trail?
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Not unless you are accessing a residence whose entrance is off of the Trail or diverted for an emergency. Read More
When did the Bermuda Lifeguard Service start?
Viewed 692 times since Tue, Mar 6, 2012
Bermuda Government pioneered the Bermuda Lifeguard Service in 1987. Read More
How can I volunteer for the Exhibition?
Viewed 686 times since Tue, Mar 6, 2012
You can volunteer by contacting the Annual Exhibition Office at 236-5902. Read More
What are the operating hours of the Bermuda Lifeguard Service?
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Beaches patrolled by the Bermuda Lifeguard Service have lifeguards working on them from 10am to 6pm, 7 days a week from May to October. Read More
How can one enter the Exhibition?
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Enter by contacting the Annual Exhibition Office, through the catalogue, or on the Exhibition website: http://www.bdaexhibition.bm. Read More
Does the Bermuda Lifeguard Service offer water safety talks?
Viewed 671 times since Tue, Mar 6, 2012
One of the mandates of the Bermuda Lifeguard Service is to educate the community in water safety. We welcome invitations to provide such talks with your school, community organization, etc. Please contact the Lifeguard Superintendent for availability... Read More
When will the Annual Exhibition catalogue be available?
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The catalogue will be available in December. Read More
When are lifeguards on duty?
Viewed 667 times since Tue, Mar 6, 2012
Any flag flown from the lifeguard tower on the beach indicates that lifeguards are on duty. Read More
What ages can participate in the Exhibition?
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You can participate at any age as long as you capable of making the exhibit with no help or very little assistance. Read More
What is the mission of the Bermuda Lifeguard Service?
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The mission of the Bermuda Lifeguard Service is to serve and protect beach patrons, through the diligent prevention of incidents, the fast and efficient response to emergencies and the effective and professional administration of care and treatment. Read More
What are the costs of admission into the grounds during the Exhibition?
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i. Children under 16 years $5.00ii. Children five and under freeiii. Adults $10.00iv. Senior Citizens $5.00 Read More
What are the physical requirements to be a lifeguard?
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Potential lifeguard candidates are expected to be in good health and of a fairly high level of fitness prior to taking part in a training course.All applicants are invited to perform in an initial timed swim assessment consisting of 400 meters in a p... Read More
Who can I contact for education tours of the Botanical Gardens?
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Contact the Department of Parks, Education officer, 236-5902. Read More
What are the swim requirements to be a lifeguard?
Viewed 626 times since Tue, Mar 6, 2012
Potential lifeguard candidates are expected to be in good health and of a fairly high level of fitness prior to taking part in a training course.All applicants are invited to perform in an initial timed swim assessment consisting of 400 meters in a p... Read More
What are the opening times for the Martello Tower, Ferry Point Park?
Viewed 625 times since Tue, Mar 6, 2012
Please call the Department of Parks to organize a visit - 236-5902. Read More
When is the Annual Exhibition?
Viewed 620 times since Tue, Mar 6, 2012
The next Annual Exhibition will be held on April 16, 17, and 18, 2010. Read More