Volusia Beach Safety working around lifeguard shortage as labor day crowds hit the coast

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The beaches will be busy Labor Day, as people in Central Florida mark the unofficial end of summer.

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The busy day comes as the county is dealing with a shortage of lifeguards.

Volusia Beach Safety officials say they’re currently dealing with a shortage of roughly 20 or so guards this summer.

As many head to the coast on Monday, lifeguards want people to know how to stay safe before they step foot on the sand.


After rescuing 14 swimmers from the water on Sunday and eight more Monday, officials in Volusia County are spreading a “safety first” message for the remainder of the holiday weekend.

First, if you’re going to get in the water, swim by a lifeguard tower. And whenever possible, swim with a buddy.

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Rip currents have also been an issue over the weekend.

If you get caught in a rip current, remember to swim parallel to the beach. Don’t swim against the current.

Whether you’re in the water or not, when you hear the rumble of thunder, find shelter.

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Follow these tips and you’re likely to have a safe day on the sand.

Volusia officials plan to have as many lifeguards on duty as possible Monday.

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Q Mccray

Q McCray, WFTV.com

Q McCray is an award-winning general assignment reporter.

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