Pensacola Beach Lifeguards will shift to winter staffing levels Monday, Oct.14, and this week the lifeguard towers will be taken off the beach until the 2020 lifeguard season. Lifeguards will maintain a presence on Pensacola Beach throughout the winter primarily via patrol vehicles, but they will have a presence at the Casino Beach location only after Oct. 14.
Since March 1, Pensacola Beach Lifeguards have performed 93 rescues from drowning and 142 assists to swimmers experiencing moderate distress, also attending to 76 major medical incidents and assisting 47 patients for EMS transport. Lifeguards made contact with beachgoers 87,754 times during the 2019 season, providing information about rip currents, beach condition flags and other safety tips. Also, lifeguards conducted 68,993 preventative actions that possibly averted accidents or injuries. An additional 9,555 people were reached through water safety presentations.
Residents and visitors are urged to exercise caution when visiting the beach and swimming in the Gulf, especially when lifeguards are not present.
Pensacola Beach condition flag warnings:
- Green Flag - Means “low hazard,” but you should still exercise caution.
- Yellow flag - Indicates “moderate surf and conditions” such as rip currents. Swimmers should exercise careful caution when entering the water.
- Red flag - “Strong currents and high surf," no swimming or wading. Entering the Gulf of Mexico to swim or wade during red flag conditions is illegal in Escambia County.
- Double red flags - Only used during hurricanes and other natural disasters. No swimming, wading or surfing in the Gulf of Mexico. Entering the Gulf of Mexico during double red flag conditions is illegal in Escambia County.
- Purple flag - Indicates “dangerous marine wildlife” may be present. Please use caution when entering the water.
For more information about Pensacola Beach Lifeguards, visit the Pensacola Beach Lifeguards page
on MyEscambia.com or the Pensacola Beach Lifeguards Facebook