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PENSACOLA BEACH -- Spring break is reaching its peak, with thousands expected to head to the beach this Easter weekend.
And lifeguards on Pensacola Beach are preparing for the big crowd.
Just yesterday, lifeguards had 16 rescues.
There are currently 17 lifeguards patrolling on the weekend.
Starting next weekend, they'll increase that to 20 lifeguards.
What lifeguards are doing to keep everyone safe.
There's a yellow flag today, for lifeguards that means all hands on deck because that's when swimmers run into the most problems out on the water.
A windy and cool day at the beach but people were enjoying the day from flying kites to playing volleyball and hitting the waves.
Maxwell Grey knows what to look out for in the water. But when he sees a yellow flag, he doesn't stay away. Instead, he grabs his surf board and jumps right in.
"The only better time is hurricane season you can catch them pretty easy"
"Yellow flags are our most broad swim with extra caution"
Lifeguard Paul Valentine has done more than a 100 rescues in his four years patrolling the beach. He says people tend to ignore or not pay attention to the flags, and on a day like today. Rip currents are the biggest threat.
"As soon as I see somebody and I inform them"
While we were out on the beach, we thought we saw a rescue taking place, but turns out the two swimmers were fine.
"He came out there and it was okay"
Lifeguards here at Pensacola Beach say of you do see a yellow flag, set your beach chair up right in front on the lifeguard tower so they can keep an eye on you.