How To Stay Safe at the Beach in South Walton

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  1. SoWal Staff

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    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.
     
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    What is the Beach Flag System?

    South Walton uses the official flag warning system established by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The flag colors signify surf conditions. If red flag conditions are present, knee deep is too deep, so cooling down is limited to the waters edge. When double red flags are flying, the water is closed for swimming. The purple flag is added when marine pests are present and swimmers should watch out for jellyfish.

    Look for the flag and Beach Warning Flags sign at the beach access entrance. Current flag conditions are posted daily at SWFD website. Sign up for beach flag notifications by texting “FLAG” to 67463 to receive regular updates.

    Flag Warning System:


    • Double Red Flag: Water is closed to public (dangerous water conditions)
    • Red Flag: High Hazard (high surf and/or strong currents)
    • Yellow Flag: Medium Hazard (moderate surf and/or currents)
    • Green Flag: Low Hazard (calm conditions, exercise caution)
    • Purple Flag: Marine Pests Present (jellyfish, stingrays, dangerous fish)

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    In 2005, the State of Florida adopted and enacted into law the Beach Flag Warning System. This is the flag system you see across the Beaches of South Walton. It is extremely important to monitor the beach flag warning system. Dangerous rip currents may exist in the water, but provide no visible indication from shore; i.e. large waves. This is especially true on our 26 miles of beach.

    Flag colors are determined by the most dangerous surf or rip conditions within the county's beaches and the appropriate color flag or flags are flown at each beach access. Therefore, the conditions at the beach where you are visiting may appear less dangerous than the beach flags that are flying. The South Walton Beach Safety Division is constantly monitoring the water conditions and weather forecast to provide the most accurate and timely water and surf information possible. Please remember to use caution at all times.


    See South Walton Fire District Beach Safety website page for current beach conditions and flag updates.
     
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    South Walton Fire District (SWFD) lifeguards are on duty at designated beach access locations from March through September, from 10am to 6pm.

    Go to an Access With a Lifeguard - Click here for a list & map of all Walton County Beach Accesses
    By enjoying the beach where lifeguards are present, beachgoers are provided added safety under the watchful eye of a trained professional. Lifeguards are provided by South Walton Fire District and funded as a part of the Visit South Walton Safety Program.
     
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    Hey SoWal visitors and locals!

    Read this thread about the beach flag system, lifeguarded beaches, and staying safe on the beach in South Walton! Share the info with your friends and family...

    One of the first things to know about South Walton beaches is the beach flag system. South Walton Fire District constantly monitors water and surf conditions and maintains the flags near the entrance of each beach access... Pay attention to the flags and remember to use caution at all times!

    For current beach conditions and flag updates text “FLAG” to 67463 to receive a link or visitSWFD - BEACH.

    Beach safety tips at SoWal.com > How to Stay Safe at the Beach in South Walton | SoWal.com - Insider's Guide for South Walton Beaches & Scenic 30A
     
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    A man lost his life in the Gulf day before yesterday and another was rescued in Seaside yesterday - please be careful out there. Recent high surf means rip currents!

    SWFD crews assisting a patient on the beach in Seaside yesterday:

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