South Walton Fire District wants lifeguards

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SOUTH WALTON, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - It may be winter and the water is cold, but the South Walton Fire District is already planning ahead to the next swimming season.

With 26 miles of sandy white beaches to patrol, they are already beginning to gear up for the next beach season which starts March 1st, and are looking for fresh lifeguards.

"What we need, we need good people who care about serving the public and representing the community," South Walton Fire District Beach Director David Vaughan said.

Although there is a physical requirement, Vaughan said don't need any previous experience to qualify.

"There is a physical requirement that is a quarter mile swim, which is 500 meters in under 10 minutes. Its a mile and a quarter run in soft sand in under twelve minutes," said Vaughan. "So it's a daunting task but we can teach the skill but we can't teach the will, so no matter what your physical level is right now, we can get you ready."

SWFD is looking to fill 30 positions to help staff their 14 towers along South Walton Beach and starting pay begins at $13 an hour.

"Its an opportunity of a lifetime. Whether you do it part-time, full-time or use it as a career stepping stone, it will change your life for the better," Vaughan said.