Our mission is to educate and protect the public on Pensacola Beach. Pensacola Beach Water Safety Division was transferred from the Santa Rosa Island Authority to Escambia County beginning of the fiscal year 2016. The division’s core competency is dealing with incidents that develop in the aquatic environment of Pensacola Beach. We contract with Gulf Islands National Seashore to provide lifeguard coverage for the seashores three swimming beaches: Opal, Langdon, and Johnson Beach during in-season. The lifeguard season has two seasons. The in-season runs from March 1 through mid- October. The off–season is mid- October through the end of February. Lifeguards man towers in season, and off season operate a beach patrol with the use of patrol vehicles. The beach patrol operates daily throughout the off season. Lifeguards staff Gulf front beaches and Quietwater picnic area.