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Our goal is ensure you have a great time in our Florida waters and be safe at the same time. The waters of the Gulf of Mexico are as inviting as they are beautiful. We want you to enjoy your time playing on the clear emerald green waters while on vacation to the Gulf Coast. Here are some FAQs and Safety Resources to better aquaint yourself with our waters.

Want to know the basics of how to paddle board standing up? Follow the link below for a great article on How to Paddle Board

While starting out paddle boarding, the best thing to do is find calm water and calm wind. Calm water is ideal for learning to find you balance on the board without the motion of waves. Waves will make your board unstable. Although that is normal for advanced paddle boarders, learning for your first time in waves can leave you discouraged.

The colored flags flying at Pensacola Beach are surf warning flags. Our flags are posted at the following locations: south of the Bob Sikes Toll Bridge, next to the Casino Beach Pavilion, on the Gulf Fishing Pier, one mile east of Portofino Island Resort, Park East, Park West, and at all lifeguard towers. The absence of surf warning flags does not assure water safety. Please always use your best judgement when determining whether you should swim. Only strong swimmers should enter the Gulf of Mexico.

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Pensacola Beach Flag Warning System

If you were born before (January 1, 1988) you must have a Boater's safety license which can be obtained at the Flordia Boating Safety Course online - click the link below. Complete the Course at Your Own Pace, choose when and where to take your course. Take it on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile phone.

ip currents are powerful, narrow channels of fast-moving water that are prevalent along the East, Gulf, and West coasts of the U.S., as well as along the shores of the Great Lakes. Moving at speeds of up to eight feet per second, rip currents can move faster than an Olympic swimmer.

Panicked swimmers often try to counter a rip current by swimming straight back to shore—putting themselves at risk of drowning because of fatigue. Lifeguards rescue tens of thousands of people from rip currents in the U.S. every year, but it is estimated that 100 people are killed by rip currents annually. If caught in a rip current, don't fight it! Swim parallel to the shore and swim back to land at an angle.

NOAA - What is a Rip Current?

The FWC's Division of Law Enforcement works to provide safe and enjoyable boating for the people of Florida and its visitors through the effective and coordinated management of our waterways. We will strive to work with all stakeholders when developing rules and making statutory recommendations. We will accomplish this by incorporating sound scientific data, reasonable public input and common sense. We will work to formulate the best solutions possible without jeopardizing our natural resources or our freedoms to navigate.

Drowning can happen nearly anywhere with standing water. But, as a parent or caregiver, you can’t keep your children sidelined. You need to equip them with the tools they need to be confident in and around water so they don’t lose out on the health benefits of exercise, the opportunities to bond with family and friends and the sense of accomplishment when they learn new skills. The Y encourages parents to take an active role in their child’s safety by ensuring they learn how to swim and by practicing these safety tips when in and around the water.

YMCA - Keep Your Kids Safe Program

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Notes: All rentals include equipment rented and required safety equipment. Payment is due at booking. Credit card deposit for damages and ID are required for all rentals. WAIVERS MUST BE SIGNED AT TIME OF BOOKING.

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