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SoWal Lifeguards Hit the Beach This Saturday

March 11, 2011 by admin

South Walton Fire District (SWFD) lifeguards will report to their towers at eight beach access points this Saturday, March 12, 2011 (see map).

The Beach Safety and Education Program, a partnership between the SWFD and the South Walton TDC, began its 6th season two weeks ago, as new and returning lifeguards reported for the start of the annual training academy. See map of all beach accesses. The annual training academy lasts 80 hours and consists of medical, surf rescue techniques, beach and water surveillance techniques, strength and stamina conditioning, Fire District policies/procedures and communications. “Training at this time of year in the Gulf is particularly challenging due to the cold water and weather temperatures and the District is proud of our new lifeguard team, who are committed to keeping our beaches and our community safe”, said Gary Wise, Beach Safety Director.

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