Staying Safe at the Beach in South Walton

March 5, 2014 by SoWal Staff

At, we are committed to helping locals and visitors stay safe while enjoying our beautiful beaches. The beach is such a wonderful place to relax. At the beach, life is beautiful and we slip into a state of mind where we feel comfortable, carefree, and secure. That's what a vacation is all about!

However, the gulf waters can be dangerous and it's important to always put safety first. On the SoWal Forum there is always a lot of good discussion and tips. Currently there is a thread related to beach safety here.

Here are some additional links to help keep you safe:

For current conditions and flag updates text "SAFETY" to 31279 or visit


SWFD Press Release

South Walton Fire District (SWFD) lifeguards will report to their ten (10) tower locations this Saturday March 8, 2014 from 10 am - 6pm. This is the 9th season that the Beach Safety and Education Program, a partnership between the SWFD and the South Walton Tourist Development Council (TDC), will be in place.

New and returning lifeguards are completing their annual training academy this week. The 84 hour academy consists of medical, surf rescue techniques, beach and water surveillance techniques, strength and stamina conditioning, SWFD policies/procedures and communications. 

“With the current weather conditions, training at this time of year in the Gulf is critical and SWFD is proud of our new lifeguard team, who are committed to keeping our beaches and our community safe”, said Gary Wise, Beach Safety Director. 

The SWFD would like to invite the members of our community to attend the Lifeguard Academy graduation ceremony this Friday March 7, 2014 at 3:30 pm at Ed Walline Park located at the intersection of CR 393 and CR 30A.

See SoWal Beach accesses with lifeguard towers - maps and videos.

For further information, please contact Sammy Sanchez, Fire Marshal at 850-267-1298 or visit


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