Tragic water accidents happen quickly. The most common reason for aquatic mishaps is a lack of safety knowledge. While enjoying the beach or a pool, please follow these simple, life-saving tips:
Know and understand the meaning of each flag found in the beach warning flag system. Signs and flags are posted at each beach public access area and current Navarre Beach surf conditions can be found online at www.santarosa.fl.gov.
Swim near a lifeguard station.
Never swim alone.
Supervise children closely, even when lifeguards are present.
Don't rely on flotation devices, such as rafts, you may lose them in the water.
Alcohol and swimming don't mix.
Protect your head, neck, and spine - don't dive into unfamiliar waters - feet first, first time!
Don't swim at dawn, dusk or at night as these are times when sharks feed.
During thunderstorms move inside to a building or vehicle.
Follow regulations and lifeguard directions.
Educate yourself and family on rip currents. Learn how to break the grip of the rip current if you do get caught here.
Report hazardous conditions to lifeguards or other beach management personnel at (850) 981-8888.