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Navarre Beach Safety

A recent drowning at Navarre Beach has sparked some concerns about water safety.

The Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council wants swimmers to know how serious water conditions can be.
   
Some of their ideas include, making a video called, "How to survive rip-tide."
They also discussed adding more lifeguards to the west side of the pier.
   
Ricki Vann/Reporting "Santa Rosa County put up a signs like this. Red, yellow and green. The colors of the flags define the condition of the water, so when visitors come they know the surf before deciding to get in."

When the surf is high and the flag is red- that means don't swim.
But surfers like Colyn Fowler still take the risk.

Colyn Fowler/Navarre Beach Resident "It's kind of choppy and pretty strong currents, it's kind of warm."
 Navarre Beach has already  had one drowning this season   .

"The rip current, it is really strong and it just pulls you to one side or it can pull you straight out."
The tourist development council is now taking action.
They're looking for new ways to improve water safety.

They formed a committee and plan to meet with Pensacola Beach Public Safety to ask how they protect swimmers.

But mother of two from Texas, Ellen Wiemers, says knowing when not to get in is common sense.
Ellen Wiemers/Visiting from Texas "If it's a red flag, you shouldn't have your kids swimming in out there or maybe if it says yellow, it should say young kids should be in life jackets or something like that."

"It is moving really fast and there is a lot of  water moving through and it will like cover people up and stuff."

Ricki Vann/Reporting "Summerwind Resort posts signs like this to all the doors leading to the beach. That way those headed to swim in the ocean from the condo can read the meanings of the flags one more time."