At SoWal.com, 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! Please be AWARE! Gulf waters can be dangerous and it's important to always put safety first. Know before you go, be aware of the State of Florida beach flag system and receive updates on beach conditions by text or by visiting South Walton Fire District website. For current conditions and flag updates text "SAFETY" to 31279 to receive regular updates. Lifeguarded beaches are available from mid-March through September, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at regional public beach accesses including Inlet, Santa Clara, Van Ness Butler Jr., Blue Mountain Beach, Gulf View Heights, Ed Walline, Dune Allen and Miramar Beach. Lifeguards are provided by South Walton Fire District. See accesses at www.SoWal.com/beach-accesses. Some links about beach safety in Walton County: South Walton Beach Rules and Safety Information Beach Safety Tips - Staying Safe on SoWal Beaches Visit South Walton TDC Beach Safety South Walton Fire District Beach Safety Division Beach safety tips... Don’t dive in (2/3 of all catastrophic neck/head/spinal injuries happen in open water) Know before you go…Pay close attention to the flag warning system Knee deep is too deep on red flag days The water is closed on double red flag days Be cautious and swim close to shore. Always exercise caution when entering the gulf.