Navarre Beach lifeguards

Lifeguards ready for new season

Lifeguards ready for new season

Navarre Beach’s new crop of lifeguards have already been presented with a challenge from their new supervisor: no drownings. Navarre Beach Fire Rescue Chief Danny Fureigh threw down the challenge for their first season but promised to support the guards to achieve it. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Beach lifeguards close season

Beach lifeguards close season

As lifeguard season along Navarre Beach closed out Oct. 28, records show that the guards have been busier than in the past. Rescues along Navarre Beach more than tripled since last season, and the number of people visiting guarded areas has nearly tripled since 2016 with almost 303,000 visitors between March 3 and Oct. 28 […]

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue Beach Safety Proposal finalized

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue Beach Safety Proposal finalized

The Navarre Beach Board of Fire Commissioners voted to finalize a proposal for the Navarre Beach Fire Department to take over supervision, staffing and management of the lifeguard program along Navarre Beach. Currently the Navarre Beach Utility manages the program for Santa Rosa County. Read the full article in the July 19 issue of Navarre […]

First responders hold joint training at Navarre Beach

First responders hold joint training at Navarre Beach

Training for an emergency was the top priority for lifeguards and Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies Friday morning on Navarre Beach. First responders had a chance to familiarize themselves with a helicopter from ShandsCair that will be on hand if emergency transport is needed. Read the full article in the July 5 issue of Navarre […]

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 […]

Lifeguards return to beach ahead of expected Spring Break crowds

Lifeguards return to beach ahead of expected Spring Break crowds

The lifeguards returned to Navarre Beach Saturday as the first of the Spring Breakers flocked to the coast. Navarre Beach Utilities Supervisor Terry Wallace said they are getting out on the coast before the rush truly hits. Read the full article in the Mar. 8 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Emergency responders converge for beach training

Emergency responders converge for beach training

Ambulances, a firetruck, Jet Skis and even a Lifeguard helicopter crowded Navarre Beach Friday morning, June 10, as first responders participated in annual training The training was a joint effort by the Navarre Beach Lifeguards, Santa Rosa County Emergency Management, Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office and the Navarre Beach Fire Department. Participating first responders ran […]

Sea lice reports fail to deter beach visitors

Sea lice reports fail to deter beach visitors

Visitors packed the Navarre Beach Gulf shore last week despite reports of sea lice. The Navarre Beach Lifeguards flew the purple flag to warn bathers of the critters and the rash they can cause. Sea lice are actually not lice at all. They are tiny, pepper-like jellyfish larvae that float in clouds in the Gulf […]

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 […]

Updated: Labor Day drowning on Navarre Beach

Updated: Labor Day drowning on Navarre Beach

A male in his 60’s visiting Navarre Beach for Labor Day drowned in the Gulf of Mexico this afternoon near Navarre Towers. According to Navarre Beach Fire Chief Mike Howard, the initial call came in as a swimmer in distress on a raft. However, a raft was not found. When the Navarre Beach Fire Department […]

Lifeguards, firefighters train for beach rescues

Lifeguards, firefighters train for beach rescues

Navarre Beach lifeguards and personnel from the Navarre Beach Fire Department conducted a combined training session June 21 on Navarre Beach. The training was organized after the recent drowning of a Louisiana visitor west of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Read more in the June 26 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.