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Beach Safety Division

911 County Highway 393 N.
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
850-267-1298



CURRENT BEACH STATUS!

Our current surf conditions along the
Beaches Of South Walton last changed on
4/17/2014 @ 9:31 am are posted as:

RED

HIGH HAZARD - High Surf and/or Strong Currents.
Rip Currents or other hazardous situations exist.


Daily SWFD Surf Advisory:

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The beach flags for South Walton's beaches will be changing to RED this morning. Strong rip currents have the potential to form quickly and will be more common as the tide drops later this afternoon. Wave heights: Around 2 feet with E winds @ 8-12 knots, with higher gusts possible. Rip current risk: High a high risk of rip currents means that wind, wave and tidal conditions all support the development of strong and dangerous rip currents. Lake washouts and soft edges of sand bars can also add to rip current development. Rip currents have the potential to form very quickly at any location across the beaches of South Walton. Deep channels between the sand bars are where the water brought in from the wave action funnels back out. Strong rip currents can take even the strongest swimmers away from shore. Please pay attention to the beach flags, if you are unsure whether rip currents are present check with a lifeguard, or stay on the shore. AS ALWAYS... Inexperienced paddleboard and kayak users should always be very cautious as the winds and currents can push you away from shore and out past the second sand bar very quickly. It can be difficult to return to shore and very easy to capsize if you get side on to the wind. IF YOU DON'T KNOW, DON'T GO.... Daily surf conditions and up to date beach safety flags can be seen at http://www.swfd.org/beach.php . For current Santa Rosa Beach weather conditions visit our live Ed Walline beach cam, and lastly don't forget to text "flag" to 67463* to receive up to date beach flag notifications on your mobile device.
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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
DOUBLE RED: WATER CLOSED TO PUBLIC
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 8th and ending the September 28, 2014

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 8
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 printed location of towers, click HERE
for a printable beach safety flyer click HERE
"Seemore" The Safety Crab - click HERE