South Walton Fire District (SWFD) annouces 2011 Junior Lifeguard Program

April 4, 2011

Junior Lifeguard season runs June 21 – July 21 2011

Swim tryouts Sat., May 21

The South Walton Fire District’s (SWFD) Beach Safety Division annouces its 2011 Junior Lifeguard Program. The SWFD Junior Lifeguard Program will be under the supervision of Gary Wise, South Walton Fire District Beach Safety Director and South Walton Fire District Professional Lifeguards. Qualifying boys and girls ages (9–15) will be instructed in many aspects of beach and water safety and environmental topics.  The purpose of the program is:

● To demonstrate and teach water safety while enjoying the beach and Gulf environment
● To promote and develop future lifeguards
● To foster good sportsmanship
● To meet other young people with similar interests and develop new friendships
● To most importantly – have fun

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 through Thursday, July 21, 2011 (5 weeks). Weather make-up days until July 28, 2011
Program activities will be held, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week from
9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.
Activities will commence daily with a team meeting at Ed Walline Beach Access at the south end of CR 393 in Santa Rosa Beach.

Registration is limited. There is a swimming ability guideline that must be met prior to participating in this program. All participants should be able to swim using proper freestyle form with correct breathing (face in the water) and stroke skills.
9 – 11 years old: must swim 100 yards FREESTYLE in 4 minutes or less
12 – 13 years old: must swim 150 yards FREESTYLE in 5 minutes or less
14 – 15 years old: must swim 200 yards FREESTYLE in 6 minutes or less
All Junior Lifeguards must tread water for a minimum of 1 minute

Swim tryouts will be held Saturday, May 21, 2011 beginning at 9 a.m. at Ed Walline Park, Santa Rosa Beach located at the south end of CR 393. Parents are encouraged to stay for the tryouts – swim portion should be completed within 60 minutes. Registration is limited to the first 50 applicants whose completed registration/waivers are received and swim tryout standards are met.
Cost: $220 for the first child, each additional child is $200.
For more information on the Junior Lifeguard Program  contact Gary Wise, Beach Safety Director at 850-267-1298 or

Download 2011 SWFD Junior Lifeguard application

Physical Skills
● Warm up exercises, stretching
● Rescue board paddling, open water swimming
● Iron guard – run, swim, paddle, run
● Beach flags and running
● Kayak paddling, surfing, and boogie boarding
● Team relay races – rescue board, swimming, beach run, iron guard
● Rescue technique stations – rescue board, rescue buoy’s, kayak and landlines
● Snorkeling

Educational Activities
● Understanding the Beach Safety Warning Flags
● Understanding rip currents and marine life
● Health – sun safety, exercise, and nutrition
● Being a Lifesaver – what to do in a rescue – identify, notify, respond
● Weather, environmental safety
● First Aid / CPR / AED overview
● Medical emergency competition – beach related case scenarios
● PWC (personal water craft) rescue swimmer crew person instruction
● Lifeguard for a day