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Beach Safety Division

911 County Highway 393 N.
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459


Our current surf conditions along the
Beaches Of South Walton last changed on
6/26/2017 @ 9:15 am are posted as:


MEDIUM HAZARD - Moderate Surf and/or Currents.

Daily SWFD Surf Advisory:

Yellow Flags Moderate surf with potential rip currents Be careful out there! #swimsafely

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Please note that the surf conditions are generally checked at 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM daily as call load permits.

What is the Beach Flag System?

The beach flags provide general warnings about overall surf conditions and do not specifically advise the public of the presence of rip currents. However, increasing awareness of natural conditions which pose a significant risk at the beach, such as rip currents, is a critical element to improve public safety. Florida's beach warning flag program uses flags in four colors accompanied by interpretive signs along the beach to explain the meaning of each color.

GREEN: LOW HAZARD - Calm Condition, Exercise Caution
YELLOW: MEDIUM HAZARD - Moderate Surf and/or Moderate Currents
RED: HIGH HAZARD - High Surf and/or Strong Currents
PURPLE: Marine Pests Present

In 2005, the State of Florida adopted and enacted into law the Beach Flag Warning System. This is the flag system you see across the Beaches of South Walton.

It is extremely important to monitor the beach flag warning system. Dangerous rip currents may exist in the water, but provide no visible indication from shore; i.e. large waves. This is especially true on our 26 miles of beach.

Flag colors are determined by the most dangerous surf or rip conditions within the county's beaches and the appropriate color flag or flags are flown at each beach access. Therefore, the conditions at the beach where you are visiting may appear less dangerous than the beach flags that are flying.

The South Walton Beach Safety Division is constantly monitoring the water conditions and weather forecast to provide the most accurate and timely water and surf information possible. Please remember to use caution at all times.

Trained, Certified Lifeguard Tower Locations
starting March 1sth and ending the September 30, 2016

Tower 1
Access #2
438 South Orange Street

SWFD Zone 1 / Inlet Beach

Tower 2
Access #17
3486 E. Co Hwy 30A

SWFD Zone 2 / Seagrove Beach

Tower 3
Access #30
1931 E. Co Hwy 30A

SWFD Zone 2 / Seaside

Tower 4
Access #36
2365 S. Co Hwy 83

SWFD Zone 3 / Blue Mountain Beach

Tower 5
Access # 37
186 Gulfview Heights Street

SWFD Zone 3 / Santa Rosa Beach

Tower 6
Access #39
4447 W. Co Hwy 30A

SWFD Zone 3 / Santa Rosa Beach

Tower 7
Access #43
5753 W. Co Hwy 30A

SWFD Zone 3 / Santa Rosa Beach

Tower 8A
Sandestin HOA Tower - In front of the Hilton Hotel

SWFD Zone 5 / Miramar Beach

Tower 8B
Sandestin HOA Tower - West of Beachside One Condo

SWFD Zone 5 / Miramar Beach

Tower 9
West of 675 Scenic Gulf Drive

SWFD Zone 5 / Miramar Beach

Tower 10
Access #49
West of 2375 Scenic Gulf Drive

SWFD Zone 5 / Miramar Beach

for a printable beach safety flyer click HERE