Pensacola Beach Lifeguards at Reduced Staffing with School In-Session

Published on Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Pensacola Beach Lifeguards at Reduced Staffing with School In-Session

As students have returned to the classroom, so too have many of the Pensacola Beach lifeguards. During this time time of the year, the Pensacola Beach Lifeguards will have reduced staffing along Pensacola Beach.

Reduced staffing during the school year is not uncommon at Pensacola Beach. Many of the Pensacola Beach lifeguards are either in high school, college or recently graduated. Once school is out of session, staffing on Pensacola Beach increases.

Patrons of Pensacola Beach are encouraged to stay near the lifeguards while on the beach, especially in the areas that are most populated. 

"We plan to staff Casino Beach seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. through 6:30 p.m.," said Pensacola Beach Water Safety Chief Dave Greenwood. "All sections of the beach are open, and I would not advise anyone to avoid any particular area. Just remember that the safest area to swim is with a lifeguard present."

As of Labor Day, Pensacola Beach lifeguards are no longer patrolling beaches owned by the Gulf Islands National Seashore, including Opal Beach in the Santa Rosa area, Langdon Beach in the Fort Pickens area and Johnson Beach in the Perdido Beach area. Swimmers are encouraged to swim at their own risk in those areas. 

On Saturday, Dec. 9 and 16, the Pensacola Beach Lifeguards will be hosting tryouts at the University of West Florida Aquatic Center, located at 11000 University Parkway, Bldg. 72. The time of the tryout will be determined and announced at a later date. Visit here to learn more about becoming a Pensacola Beach Lifeguard.

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