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South Walton Fire District lifeguards take to the beach March 8

South Walton Fire District (SWFD) lifeguards will report to their ten tower locations this (nine are public accesses) Saturday March 8, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. This is the 9th season that the Beach Safety and Education Program, a partnership between the SWFD and the South Walton Tourist Development Council (TDC), will be in place. New and returning lifeguards are completing their annual training academy this week. The 84 hour academy consists of medical, surf rescue techniques, beach...

South Walton Fire District Polar Bear Splash a chilly success

Dozens gathered on the chilly morning of Jan. 1, 2014 to ring in the new year with a splash in the Gulf of Mexico. South Walton Fire District hosted their annual Polar Bear Splash with a dip in the Gulf of Mexico at the Ed Walline Beach access in Santa Rosa Beach. With an air temperature of 52 degrees and water temp of 65 degrees, the 32 participants spent little time in the water. However, it was all in good...

South Walton Fire District seeking professional open water lifeguards for 2014 season

Tryouts commence Jan. 11 The South Walton Fire District is seeking professional open water lifeguards for the 2014 season. Position requirements include: ● at least 18 years of age ● high school diploma ● able to work weekends and public holidays ● in good physical condition ● possession of a valid driver’s license ● complete a 500 meter swim in less than 10 minutes ● complete a 1.2 mile beach run in less than 12 minutes ● successful completion of...

Guns and Hoses softball tournament June 29

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office and the South Walton Fire District will be squaring off in a benefit softball tournament on Sat., June 29, 2013. The tournament will be held at the Freeport Sports Complex at Hammock Bay with the first game starting at 10:30 a.m. There will be food concessions, activities for the kids and raffle items. The 2013 tournament proceeds will be given to Walton County Sheriff’s Office Communications Officer Duane Timmons. Duane suffered a life-altering stroke in...

Professional open water seasonal lifeguard positions available in South Walton

The South Walton Fire District’s (SWFD) Beach Safety Division is looking for professional open water lifeguards for the 2013 Season. Position Requirements include: •    at least 18 years of age •    high school diploma •    able to work weekends and public holidays •    in good physical condition •    possession of a valid driver’s license •    complete a 500 meter swim in less than 10 minutes •    complete a 1.2 mile beach run in less than 12 minutes •    successful completion...

5th Annual South Walton Elf Ride Dec. 9

Be a fun part of making a child’s Christmas happy this year and join in on the 5th Annual South Walton Elf Ride on Dec. 9, 2012. Adults and children meet at the Seaside Post Office in Seaside at 1:30 p.m. Participants will shove-off at 2 p.m. sharp and bike, walk or skateboard approximately 1.5 miles to the S.W.F.D. Watercolor Fire Station. Each family is asked to bring at least one gift to benefit the South Walton Fire District’s Angel...

South Walton Fire District (SWFD) announces 2012 Junior Lifeguard Program

2012 Junior Lifeguard season runs June 19 – July 19 Swim tryouts at Ed Walline Park (South end of CR 393)  Fri., May 18 at 3:30 p.m. and Sat., May 19 at 9 a.m. The South Walton Fire District’s (SWFD) Beach Safety Division is proud to announce the 2012 Junior Lifeguard Program. For the 5th consecutive year the SWFD Junior Lifeguard Program will be under the supervision of Gary Wise, South Walton Fire District Beach Safety Director assisted by the...

South Walton Fire District lifeguards take to the beach Mar. 10

Lifeguards will be stationed at eight South Walton beach accesses Twenty-nine South Walton Fire District lifeguard candidates graduated training academy on March 9, 2012. Of the 29, eight are new lifeguards. The candidates completed 80 hours of medical training, surf rescue techniques, communications, beach and water surveillance techniques as well as strength and stamina conditioning. South Walton Fire District (SWFD) lifeguards will report to their towers at eight beach access points this Saturday March 10, 2012. The Beach Safety and...

South Walton Fire District reminds public of water safety regulations

Stand up paddle boarders must comply USCG requirements Did you know that stand up paddle boarding has become the fastest growing water sport worldwide? Here in South Walton we have many standup paddle boarders ranging in skill level from first timers to experienced national caliber racers. Even these skilled paddle boarders follow the United States Coast Guard (USCG) requirements for this water sport. The USCG has written two important documents regarding safety for standup paddleboard that should always be strictly...