NAVARRE — Navarre Beach lifeguard season ends Sunday, Oct. 29. People should exercise caution when visiting the beach and swimming in the gulf, especially when lifeguards are not present.

Current beach-condition flag warnings are posted daily at each public access area and online at a www.santarosa.fl.gov. Here is an explanation of each warning:


Green flag: Low hazards and calm conditions are present, but exercise caution.
Yellow flag: Moderate surf and currents are present. Exercise extreme caution when entering the water.
Red flag: Strong currents and high surf conditions exist. No swimming or wading is permitted.
Double red flags: Only used during extreme conditions, double red flags indicate the water is closed to the public.
Purple flag: Dangerous marine life — such as jellyfish, stingrays or sharks — may be present. Use caution in the water.

The most common reason for water emergencies is a lack of safety knowledge. While visiting the beach, follow these life-saving tips:


Always abide by the beach-warning flag system.
Never swim alone.
Supervise children closely.
Don't rely on flotation devices.
Alcohol and swimming don't mix.
Never dive into unfamiliar waters; always jump in feet first the first time
Don't swim at dawn, dusk or at night; these are times when sharks feed.
The beach is a dangerous location during lightning storms. When thunder roars, go indoors.

Learn how to break the grip of the rip current. Don't fight against the current; swim parallel to shore until you are free, then back to shore at an angle.

Call 981-8888 to report hazardous conditions to beach management personnel.