SoWal Lifeguards Hit the Beach to Kick Off Spring
March 11, 2012 by SoWal Staff
In what has become an annual SoWal tradition, South Walton Fire District (SWFD) lifeguards hit the beach and manned their towers at eight beach access points on Saturday March 10, 2012. The Beach Safety and Education Program, a partnership between the SWFD and the South Walton Tourist Development Council (TDC), began its 7th season as new and returning lifeguards report for duty.
Click here for maps, details, and videos of the eight SoWal Beach Accesses where lifeguards are stationed.
The life guards are completing their annual training academy, which lasts 80 hours and consists of medical training, surf rescue techniques, communications, beach and water surveillance techniques as well as strength and stamina conditioning.
“Despite unseasonable warm waters, training at this time of year in the Gulf is still challenging 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.