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Underwater Museum of Art in South Walton now open

History was made on June 25, 2018 as the first underwater museum in the U.S. was deployed near shore off of Grayton Beach State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) in partnership with the South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) launched the Underwater Museum of Art (UMA) that consists of seven permanent sculptures in approximately 58-60 ft. of water. In addition to the art aspect, the sculptures will serve as artificial reefs, providing...

Required safety equipment for paddleboards

Paddleboarding is a rapidly growing sport that involves a person standing on a board, similar to a surfboard, and propelling themselves through the use of a paddle. Did you know the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has determined that a paddleboard is a vessel in most situations and is required to have the same safety equipment as other small human-powered vessels (canoes/kayaks)? The first document written in 2008 deemed that all standup paddleboards would be classified as vessels. This classification would...

Emerald Coast Boat and Lifestyle Show Mar. 3-5 in Panama City Beach

This land based show will feature boat displays from all major manufacturers and the top dealers representing the latest in boats, high tech engines, electronics and marine accessories. Boats ranging from entry level bow riders and center consoles all the way up to the next generation 42′ center consoles with quad outboards that have become so popular. The event also features paddleboards and fishing kayaks, to outdoor kitchens, diving, active wear and beach cruising bicycles. Show Dates & Time: March...

South Walton home to hundreds of new artificial reefs in 2017

South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) has some great news for 2017. Seven years after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) artificial reef deployment funding has been allocated, contracts awarded, and hundreds of new artificial reefs are slated to splash off Walton County waters. Exact timing is contingent upon windows of favorable weather and sea conditions, however SWARA’s overall plan is: One patch reef within each of the 9 near-shore...