Lifeguards Back on the Beach

Lifeguards Back on the Beach

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Baldwin County beaches are filling up again and so are the lifeguard stands.

Watching the gulf waters for any signs of danger isn't as easy as it sounds. The training is intense. Few that try to become beach lifeguards will make it. Starting in the classroom, training then moves to the pool and later to the gulf.

"The pool was about 82 degrees," says lifeguard supervisor Melvin Shepard. "Out here it's about 60, 62 degrees. That cold water plays an affect on your body. It's harder to swim in. It's hard to hold your breath and maintain that."

Guarded beaches are relatively new in Orange Beach. "This will be the third year we've been fully staffed," says Shepard. "Between four and six people for nine hours."

Starting March 1st, lifeguards were back on the beach in Gulf Shores. "Our patrol area is from Orange Beach city limits back to Lagoon Pass. We also respond to Fort Morgan peninsula," says Gulf Shores supervisor Scott Smothers.

More than a dozen will be patrolling and watching from the towers and from the sand. Making sure your day at the beach is a safe one.

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