Looking out for your safety, the Santa Rosa Island Authority provides lifeguard services at the main beach on the Gulf of Mexico and on Quietwater Beach on Santa Rosa Sound. Full time service from the first of June through August; part-time and weekend service begins mid-April, then picks up again for September. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
First Aid: LIFEGUARDS ARE PREPARED TO HANDLE ONLY MINOR INJURY.
The Gulf of Mexico is beautiful, warm and inviting but can sometimes be hazardous. Where lifeguards are present, please be aware of flags that alert you to conditions of currents.
Rip currents and rapidly changing weather conditions can create dangerous situations if you are unprepared. It's always safest to swim where lifeguards are present. And never swim alone.
Water Closed to public
High hazard, high surf and/or strong currents
Medium hazard, moderate surf and/or currents
Low hazard, calm conditions, exercise caution
Dangerious marine life
If an emergency occurs in an area not covered by a lifeguard, call 911. It's always safest to "Swim With The Lifeguards." Look for guards at Casino Beach, Park East and the Ft. Pickens areas.