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Staying Safe at the Beach in South Walton

July 3, 2018 by SoWal Staff

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!

However, the gulf waters can be dangerous and it's important to always put safety first. For detailed information about Beach Safety go here >

For current conditions and flag updates text "SAFETY" to 31279 or visit www.SWFD.org.

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South Walton Fire District (SWFD) lifeguards report today to their FOURTEEN (14) tower locations March 1, 2018 and will continue to staff them until the end of the season on September 30, 2018.

This is the 13th year that SWFD and South Walton Tourist Development Council have partnered to provide the Beach Safety and Education Program. In addition, 2018 marks the 4th year of partnership between SWFD and Sandestin Owners Association (SOA) and the 2nd year between SWFD and Rosemary Beach Owners Association (ROA).

New lifeguards completed their initial 104-hour training academy, while returning guards completed their recertification. The training consists of medical training, surf rescue techniques and beach and water surveillance techniques along with complete strength and stamina conditioning. “Keeping our visitors safe is our top priority. We are proud of the men and women that have completed this rigorous training and are ready to protect our beach visitors”, said David Vaughan Beach Safety Director.

SWFD lifeguards will be on duty every day from 10am-6pm. For further information, including tower locations and lifeguard employment, please contact David Vaughan, Beach Safety Director at 850-267-1298 or visit our website at www.swfd.org. #swimsafely #swfdpride #swfdstron

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