Navarre Beach dives into lifeguard season


    Navarre Beach (Photo by Auriette Lindsey)

    Lifeguard season has arrived on Navarre Beach.

    The 2019 class of lifeguards graduated from training on March 11.

    They'll be at their posts daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. until Memorial Day. From May 27th through September 2, Labor Day, the beach will be guarded from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    According to Santa Rosa County, Navarre Beach lifeguards performed 300 rescues or assists in guarded areas of Navarre Beach in 2018.

    They rescued or assisted 59 swimmers in distress in unguarded areas.

    Their duties go beyond just helping swimmers in trouble.

    Last year, lifeguards made contact with beachgoers more than 73,853 times. They provided information about rip currents, beach condition flags and other safety tips.

    Austin Turnbull, beach safety director said, "For the 2019 season, we hope to double our preventative actions with beachgoers and thereby lower the number of rescues needed."

    Santa Rosa County provides water safety tips and a guide to beach warning flags on its website.

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