Did you know…. That there is a warning system in place at Beaches Worldwide!
The United States Lifesaving Association, in conjunction with the International Lifesaving Federation, has developed a flag warning system, adopted by coastal communities worldwide to notify beachgoers of potential water hazards. So what do these flags mean???
Green means Go… Or all Clear, indicating it is safe to swim!
Take Caution… While ocean conditions are not life threatening, a yellow flag indicates a potentially high surf, dangerous current, or an undertow.
Some beaches have permanent yellow flags due to rocks, sudden drop offs, or a high population of bait fish that attract predators! aka Sharks 🙂
Dangerous Conditions Exist… When a red flag is posted you can still swim, but be aware of serious hazards in the water. There may be a high surf, dangerous currents, or both. If you are not a strong swimmer, you may want to avoid swimming altogether.
2 Red Flags
Closed… Do not Swim!
Red Flag with a Swimmer on it, with a white line through it
Swimming is Prohibited.
Blue or Purple Flags
Potentially dangerous Ocean Animals have been spotted in the area. These flags can be flown in conjunction with the other colored warnings. If the water is open to swimming but a blue or purple flag exists, be aware of marine life. A jellyfish sting can turn a great day, into a cry fest very quickly! (In case of a jellyfish sting. Find a lifeguard and get some vinegar. It neutralizes the burn)
Some beaches have flags that are specific to their activity, and environment. A common one is, a yellow flag with a black dot. This prohibits surfers in a swimming area.
Clearly the flags are for our safety. Obey the warnings, and ask a lifeguard if you have any questions. Safe, and happy Travels to you!!