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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
10/1/2014 @ 7:59 am are posted as:


MEDIUM HAZARD - Moderate Surf and/or Currents.

Daily SWFD Surf Advisory:

Please note that South Walton Fire District Lifeguards are no longer on duty for the remainder of 2014. Lifeguards will resume patrolling the beaches of South Walton on March 14, 2015. Thank you to our dedicated lifeguards for their dedication and service. The beach flags for the beaches of South Walton will be YELLOW today. Yellow flags indicate that moderate strength rip currents do have the potential to form, or that moderate strength rip currents are prevalent across our County. Wave heights: Under 1 foot, with light offshore winds this morning, becoming onshore this afternoon. 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 . For current Santa Rosa Beach weather conditions as well as our live Ed Walline cam please visit, 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
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