Panama City Beach in need of lifeguards

PANAMA CITY, FL. (WMBB) — The lifeguard season is almost upon us and Panama City Beach Safety needs lifeguards.

Panama City Beach Rescue officials say they’re looking for seasonal lifeguards. They made the plea after a swimmer drowned Wednesday behind the Ocean Villa Condos near Churchwell Road at 1:30 p.m. Panama City Beach’s summer season is just a few days away. It runs from April 1st through September 30th.

Right now they have four full-time lifeguards already on staff, but Panama City Beach Safety Director Daryl Paul says they are in the process of looking for candidates.

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“So currently we have seven seasonal lifeguard positions still available. We’re steadily receiving applications. We have full-time positions available as well. Receiving applications as we speak for that,” Paul said.

Successful applicants will be able to swim 500 meters in less than 10 minutes. Only 25 percent usually pass. Paul says the new lifeguards will become experts at saving swimmers from rip currents.

“We’re trying to let you know about rip currents. They’re trying to spot them out for you and show them to you, let you know about the flag system and just general beach safety,” Paul said.

On Wednesday morning, double red flags were flying at Panama City Beach. Then they were reduced to a single red flag at 11:00 am. The drowning took place at 1:30 p.m. and Paul says even when red flags are flying you need be to aware.

“A single red flag still means that it’s a high rip current hazard. We ask people that knee deep is too deep, they need to stay close to shore,” Paul said.

But visitors like Lance Casper says he hopes they can fill these vacancies soon.

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“Probably not enough, maybe five, six more. But there is a lot of people out here. I mean, and there’s also parent’s responsibilities, but they could use a little bit more,” Casper said.

If you want to apply to be a lifeguard at Panama City Beach, click here also if you want to stay updated with the flags text 888777.

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