Beach Warning Flags

Author: Susan Warner

Author: Susan Warner

South Florida is known for it’s beautiful beaches and magnificent blue and turquoise waters! We all love to swim in the warm waters and we all want to be safe. Pay attention to what flags are flying at the lifeguard stations.

Green Flag
Low hazard with the possibility of larger waves and rip currents. Exercise normal care.

Yellow Flag
Medium hazard with moderate rip currents/surf conditions. Use extra care.

Red Flag
High hazard.Dangerous rip currents/surf conditions. Avoid entering the water.

Double-Red Flag
Water and/or beach closed to the public.

Purple Flag
Sea pests present (jellyfish, man-of-wars, and/or sea lice). This flag may be flown along with any of the other flags.

For more information about water safety check out the Ocean Smart Guide.


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