28 lifeguards getting ready for 2010 season start Mar. 13
24 of the 28 South Walton Fire District lifeguards started pre-season training and orientation on Mar. 5. With the Gulf water temperature of 59 degrees, each lifeguard has passed a rigorous physical ability test of running and swimming and began their additional physical training, emergency medical training, communications, customer interaction and service strategies.
With Beach Safety Director, Gary Wise watching from the shoreline, the lifeguards did a beach run, a swim, one hour of board rescues and one hour of buoy rescues.
The lifeguards will be stationed at eight public beach accesses in South Walton Saturday March 13th, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. The lifeguard locations are: Inlet Beach, Bramble Grove/Santa Clara Street, Van Ness Butler Jr., Blue Mountain, Gulf View Heights, Ed Walline, Dune Allen and Miramar Beach public beach accesses.
For more information regarding SWFD and Beach Safety, visit their website at www.swfd.org
For additional information about the South Walton beach accesses, click here