OKALOOSA ISLAND — There's no such thing as an off-duty lifeguard.

Just ask Destin lifeguard Corrie Sober.

Saturday afternoon Sober was enjoying the beach at Beasley Park with a friend when she assisted with not one, but two rescues off the clock. 

The first occurred around 4 p.m. when she noticed a young boy and girl struggling to make it back to shore. She assisted Okaloosa County lifeguards in getting the children back on land with her boogie board. She hadn't had much more than an hour of peace before she noticed three more in distress.

"Lifeguards were in the process of packing up," Sober recalled.

With her boogie board in hand, she ran back out to the family, who were even farther out than the kids, she said. When they were brought back to shore, EMS was there to give patients oxygen.

"I feel blessed to have the strength to help people in need," she said. "I was fortunate that I brought my fins and a flotation device with me that day."

Okaloosa County Beach Safety Division Chief Rich Huffnagle said lifeguards can be spread pretty thin during peak season. It's "second nature" for professionals like Sober to step in when needed.

"It's like a firefighter going to fight a fire," he said. "Kudos to her."

This past weekend, the beaches were flying yellow flags with isolated rip currents, which can be risky.

"It's almost worse because one minute it's fine and the next minute it's pulling you out," he said.

Sober said swimmers can never be too cautious when it comes to currents.

"Stay where you can touch the ground," she said. "If there's a lifeguard on duty, ask them where the safe places to swim. Just be safe."