If an emergency occurs in an area not covered by a lifeguard, call 911
It is always safest to swim where on-duty lifeguards are present! Lifeguarded areas on Pensacola Beach: Casino Beach • Park East • Fort Pickens Gate Park • Quietwater Beach Gulf Islands National Seashore areas: Langdon Beach • Opal Beach
Rip currents are narrow channels of water flowing out past the surf zone that can pull even strong swimmers into deep water beyond the offshore sandbar.
If caught in a rip current, do not panic! Escape by moving sideways across it, parallel to the shore. If the current is too strong, let it carry you farther away from shore and it will weaken. Then, swim back to shore at an angle away from the rip current.