Because of the miles of shoreline and water access, opportunities to swim throughout the Seashore are numerous. However, it is better to swim in lifeguarded or designated swim beaches that are located at Johnson Beach, Langdon Beach, Opal Beach and Perdido Key Area in Florida and at West Ship Island in Mississippi.
Season for Lifeguards will end in September. For information on times please call 850-232-5883.
Lifeguards' Safety Tips:
Learn to swim.
Watch for beach safety flags and heed the warnings. During lifeguard season call 850-934-2600 for current Florida District flag conditions at Opal Beach, Langdon Beach, and Perdido Key Beach after 10:00 A.M.
Swim near a lifeguard.
Never swim alone.
Parents should always watch their children.
No Diving. Sandbars can be shallow. Feet first first time!
If you are in trouble, call or wave for help.
Follow all rules and regulations of lifeguard or local beach patrols.
Please No glass containers at the beach.
Junior Lifeguard is offered in the summer months, for more information please call 850-916-5634.
Did You Know?
Gulf Islands National Seashore's Fort Massachusetts, on West Ship Island 12 miles off the Mississippi coastline, was covered by the 30-foot storm surge from Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005. The fort has been reopened to the public.