lifeguards

BREAKING: Swimmer missing off Navarre Beach

BREAKING: Swimmer missing off Navarre Beach

A man allegedly drowned along Navarre Beach Tuesday morning as Hurricane Michael caused double red flag conditions. Witness statements lead first responders to believe that a man seen entering the water likely drowned in the high surf though no body has been recovered. According to Navarre Beach Fire Chief Danny Fureigh an approximately 30-year-old man […]

Rip currents lead to elevated water rescues

Rip currents lead to elevated water rescues

Water rescues along Navarre Beach are on the rise and rip currents are the leading cause said head lifeguard Charles Marek. Marek, who has been a lifeguard on Navarre Beach for roughly six years, said the lifeguards are averaging about 25 rescues a day when yellow or red flags are flying. Read the full article […]

Lifeguards staying later, new tower added

Lifeguards staying later, new tower added

Lifeguards on Navarre Beach are surveying the waters later into the day and farther along the beach. Since June 4, the lifeguards have been staying on the beach until 6 p.m. Previously, lifeguards were on the beach until only 5 p.m. each day during the late spring, summer and fall. Read the full article in […]

Lifeguard, firefighter training carries new weight

Lifeguard, firefighter training carries new weight

  On the evening of March 24, Navarre Beach firefighters were called to Tower 3 for multiple distressed swimmers, including children, caught in a rip current. Local military retiree Michael Robidoux entered the water to save the children. Read the full article in the May 10 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Drowning prompts review of lifeguard duty hours

Drowning prompts review of lifeguard duty hours

After the March 24 drowning of Michael Robidoux, a Navarre resident who was trying to save two children in the rough Gulf waters, changes may be coming to the lifeguards’ schedule at Navarre Beach. Navarre Beach Utilities Supervisor Terry Wallace, who manages the lifeguards as part of the Navarre Beach Department of the county, said […]

Drowning call on Navarre Beach

Drowning call on Navarre Beach

Emergency personnel responded to a drowning call on Navarre Beach in front of Springhill Suites by Marriott Thursday afternoon. A woman was reportedly receiving CPR at the water’s edge. Lifeguard Air Ambulance was dispatched to the scene, landing on Gulf Boulevard but it is believed the woman was not airlifted.  The aircrew was seen getting […]

Double red flags fail to deter swimmers

Double red flags fail to deter swimmers

Though Tropical Storm Cindy had double red flags flying over Navarre Beach for most of last week, visitors were lining the beaches to catch some sun between bouts of rain. Double red flags mean the waters are closed. While the waters had receded some, the surf was still too rough to swim said Navarre Beach […]

Navarre Beach lifeguards return for another season

Navarre Beach lifeguards return for another season

Memorial Day is fast approaching and the Navarre Beach lifeguards will be ready for the summer onslaught of beach visitors. “We currently have 12 guards working and are expecting to hire another three,” lead guard Aaron Wible said. “That is a couple more than we had on staff last year. Read the full article in […]

Lifeguard candidates make the cut, return to the beach

Lifeguard candidates make the cut, return to the beach

Tryouts to join the Navarre Beach lifeguards were held Saturday, March 4. Candidates had to swim 600 meters in less than 10 minutes in the Holley by the Sea lap pool, run a mile and a half in less than 12 minutes on the beach sand and perform a mock rescue in the Gulf of […]

Now hiring lifeguards

Now hiring lifeguards

As the first wave of spring breakers take to Navarre Beach in March, lifeguards will once again patrol the shoreline. With a month to go, Santa Rosa County has begun accepting applications for the 12 to 14 beach lifeguard positions. Read the full article in the Feb. 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at […]

Lifeguards close the books on a busy beach season

Lifeguards close the books on a busy beach season

Navarre Beach’s Lifeguard season finished up Sunday, Oct. 30, to their highest numbers in recent history according reports by the Navarre Beach Utility that manages the lifeguards. Between March 13 and Oct. 16, the beach saw 75,818 visitors in 2016 up 18,870 visitors from last year. That’s a 33 percent increase. Read the full article […]

Navarre Beach lifeguards, there to keep you safe

Navarre Beach lifeguards, there to keep you safe

According to lead guard Charles Marek, the 2016 beach renourishment has had a significant impact to this year’s beach visitors. “We have had many more people on the beach this year,” Marek said. “They have heard about the renourishment and want to see for themselves.” This is Marek’s fourth year as a lifeguard. During the […]

Rescues on the rise, again

Rescues on the rise, again

Navarre Beach lifeguards have added two new guards after a record 94 rescues last year in anticipation of another high-traffic beach season. This season has already seen 52 water rescues between March 1 and June 9. To put that in perspective, the season totals for 2012-2014 average less than 44 rescues between March 1 and […]

Lifeguards return for the season

Lifeguards return for the season

March marks the return of the spring breakers along with the only thing that keeps them from hurting themselves: Navarre Beach Lifeguards. “We have hired eight guards this season and expect to hire another six,” Sonja Lusk of the Navarre Beach Water Department said. “The guards will be on duty seven days a week from […]

Escambia County enacts new open container ordinance

Escambia County enacts new open container ordinance

Escambia County has adopted a new ordinance effective Mar. 1 restricting open containers in public areas of the commercial district of Pensacola Beach. Residents and visitors can no longer consume or possess any alcoholic beverages in an open container in the public areas within the commercial district like sidewalks, boardwalks, roads and parking lots. Read […]

Beach leaseholders approve fire tax increase

Beach leaseholders approve fire tax increase

The Navarre Beach Leaseholders approved an increase in the amount of commercial property taxes for fire protection at their monthly meeting Saturday. The current commercial rate is $900 for up to 10,000 square feet and $3,600 for more than 10,000 square feet. The new rate for commercial is $900 for the first 10,000 square feet […]

Rotary Club partners with county to save lives

Rotary Club partners with county to save lives

The Rotary Club of Navarre, inspired by fellow Rotarians in Hawaii, proposed “rescue tubes” at the western walkovers on Navarre Beach in April. Then-Rotary President Ed Carpenter said the Hawaiian effort aimed to mitigate a lack of lifeguards, which is also an issue on Navarre Beach. “They have 140 (tubes) which have saved 100 lives,” […]

Man drowns at Navarre Beach

Man drowns at Navarre Beach

One man drowned and four others were sent to the hospital after lifeguards and Navarre Beach firefighters pulled eight people from a rip current Wednesday afternoon. The Navarre Beach Fire Department responded to a call at a little after 2 p.m. behind 7909 Gulf Blvd., according to Chief Mike Howard. “It was chaos when we […]