Panama City Beach launches new beach safety program…

…”Our focus is going to be on prevention and education,” Beach Safety Director Wil Spivey said.

Previously under three departments – parks and recreation, police, and fire – the new beach safety program is condensing under one.

“I’m excited about the program because we’re under the umbrella of the fire department,” Spivey said.

The switch is proving to have many benefits.

“One of the biggest things is communication. So, when there is an emergency incident, communication is a huge factor,” Panama City Beach Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Tim Smith said. “So, with all of us being on the same radio channels, we’re able to communicate all of our efforts and our incoming units for that particular rescue.”

Firemen who have been cross-trained will also be available as backups.

“They can patrol the beaches when it’s rough, and (they can) warn people of the hazards of the rough water,” Spivey said.

On top of the five full-time lifeguards, Spivey said he’s looking for eight more seasonal positions. And he’s looking now.

“What we’re looking for is first you have to be able to swim, that’s important; being able to enter double red flags surf and pull people out is very demanding,” Spivey said.

Through February, lifeguard tryouts will be at the Panama City Beach Aquatic Center Monday through Friday at 10:30 a.m.

If you’re interested in trying out to be a lifeguard for the beach safety program, you can contact Beach Safety Director Will Spivey by email,, or phone, 850-704-9230.

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