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Pensacola Beach lifeguards return to their towers on Tuesday, March 1 for the 2016 season. Initially, one to three towers at Casino Beach will be manned from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, and starting Sunday, March 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. As summer approaches, staffing will increase providing coverage at up to 10 towers, including the towers at the Gulf Island National Seashore which are staffed starting Memorial Day weekend.

When visiting Pensacola Beach residents and visitors are asked to exercise caution and use common sense, including heeding the warnings of beach flags. Beach conditions can be checked at http://pensacolabeachlifeguards.com and at facebook.com/PensacolaBeachLifeguards.

Fifty lifeguards are trained and ready for the 2016 season, but approximately 20 more are needed for the season. The next tryout takes places at 7 a.m. Saturday, March 12, at the University of West Florida Aquatic Center, located at 11000 University Pkwy., Bldg. 72. Position requirements for employment include the following:

  • Able to swim 600 yards in a pool in 10 minutes or less
  • Run 1.5 miles on a track in 12 minutes or less
  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification is preferred

Interested participants are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes early and to bring all relevant certifications to the tryout event. You must attend and pass a tryout to be considered for employment. For more information about tryouts, contact Senior Lifeguard Alexander Johnson at (850) 503-1799 or at [email protected].

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