Beach safety is on everyone's mind as we head into the summer months and the South Walton Fire District is sharing its wisdom with pint sized swimmers in the Junior Lifeguard Program.
These kids may be called "junior guards," but they're learning some very grown up skills.
Don't let their small stature fool you...these kids mean serious business.
At the South Walton Fire District's Junior Life Guard Program, kids ages 9 to 15, swim, run, dive and practice saving lives.
For five weeks this summer, it's all in a days work for lifeguards in the making.
"It's awesome to see how they've progressed in just a couple of weeks. I mean, a lot of them are terrified sometimes when we have red flags at first, but by the first week they're just ready to get out there and go have some fun," said Justin Cook, Junior Life Guard Coordinator.
They do have fun, but they are learning too. Now, this pint sized patrol will know just what to do in the event of an emergency.
This is the fifth year for the program and it seems to be growing bigger year after year.
"We've got over 60 kids this year and right now we're just having problems finding enough beach to put them all on," said Cook.
Still, the kids don't seem to mind and they can all agree on one thing…Junior Life Guard Rocks!