It used to be that an average of five people each year drowned at Pensacola Beach, but things changed in 2004 when Pete Moore came together with community partners WEAR and Leadership Pensacola to begin the Safe Shores program.
Moore Safe Shores began as an educational initiative to spread knowledge of rip currents, beach hazards, and the meaning of beach warning flags throughout the community. Pete Moore donated emergency trucks to lifeguards and other safety officials at Pensacola Beach to increase response time and help them safeguard swimmers along all eight miles of beautiful shoreline.
Since the inception of Moore Safe Shores, the number of drowning deaths at Pensacola Beach has decreased significantly. Even with the new safety measures and education initiatives throughout the region, beachgoers should always practice safe swimming habits and pay attention to beach warning flags, even when the weather is nice and the water seems calm.
Let us leave you with a few tips:
- Avoid dark water and sandbars when no lifeguards are present.
- If caught in a rip current, stay calm and let it pull you out. When it slows, swim perpendicular to the shore.
- Never swim alone.
- Green beach flags mean calm swimming conditions.
- Yellow beach flags mean moderate currents and/or surf.
- Red beach flags mean strong currents and/or high surf; don’t swim!