Changes are coming to this year's Sea and Sky Air Show at Jax Beach

Changes coming to air show

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Changes are coming to this year's sea and sky air show at Jax Beach.

The show is two weeks away, but preparations are already underway.

Ryan Bruhn used to live out at Jax Beach with his girlfriend and he says catching the U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly over the beaches is one of his favorite traditions.

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"I saw them out in San Diego, three times, one at NAS JAX, it's pretty cool. It's a fun time," Ryan Bruhn, a beachgoer said.

This year the Sky and Sea Air Show will be in Jax Beach.

Last year it was at NAS JAX and one of the biggest changes will be swimming allowed at the beaches.

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"Previously we wanted to make sure everybody was a safe distance from the box where most of the aircraft will be flying so this year trying something new and we'll see how it works out," Capt. Rob Emahiser with Ocean Rescue in Jax Beach.

The show box is where the air show operates and now it'll be further out from the shore, so it's safer for the swimmers.

The lifeguard tells us that swimming around the pier will be off limits and they say elsewhere they're going to be limiting how far you're allowed to swim out depending on the water conditions that day.
 
"We want to urge everybody like always just swim near the lifeguard that's on duty and you'll know they're on duty, they'll have a flag and buoys on their stand," Emahiser said.

Bruhn told us he believes this new change will be a positive one for swimmers.

"It'll be, it's exhilarating, maybe a thrill for them in the water, I don't see any safety hazards or anything," he said.

With the influx of people heading out to see the show lifeguards will also be out in full force and they'll place as many towers out on the beach as they can to make sure everyone can still have fun but be safe in the water.

Jax Beach lifeguards said parents can also pick up wristbands for your children at their lifeguard station.

You can write down your number on the wristband. That way if you're child gets lost during the airshow they'll know who to call.

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