Beach Safety & Flag System

Florida Beach Flag Safety

The beach is a beautiful place to swim and visit but sometimes there are safety issues that visitors should be aware of. 

Each day on the beach are flags waving on the beach nar walk overs and public accesses. Each color means a different warning. The colored flags and their meanings are listed below to help make sense of the Gulf of Mexico. 


Double Red Flag: This means the water is closed to the public due to dangerous water conditions. No one will be allowed to enter the water when this flag is showing 

Red Flag: This flag is a warning to swimmers and surfers alike. It means there is a high hazard because the currents are strong, and the surf is dangerous. You can enter the water but be aware that for inexperienced swimmers it could be too dangerous. Proceed with the utmost caution. 

Yellow Flag: This would mean that there is a danger or current surf and strong currents could pose a slight problem. Be aware that inexperienced swimmers should be watched and possibly have swimming safety gear. 

Green Flag: This is letting you know that the there are very low hazards such as current and surf. The water will be calm. As always be vigilant with small children and people who are not strong swimmers. 

Purple Flag: This is letting you know that there are marine animals that can be hazardous such as jellyfish, stingrays and other dangerous fish. Be careful when swimming with these creatures, getting stung is no fun. 


Along with these flags there can be other dangers when swimming in the Gulf. One of them is called a Rip Current. Rip currents are powerful currents of water that move away from the shore. They can be powerful and can even sweep the strongest swimmer out sea. 

To identify a Rip Current check for the following things: 

1.Look for waves that break further out to sea. Waves usually break close to shore when there is a normal current. However, with a rip current they will break further out at sea and on either side of the rip current. 

2.The waves in a rip current will appear smaller and will be unorganized. This will happen alongside the more evenly breaking wave. 

3.Sand will become stirred up by the rip currents. When this happens the usually emerald green water will become brown and murky looking. 

4.The water will be deeper even when it is normally shallower. This is apparent by a darker colored water. 


Please do not panic if you see someone caught up in a rip current. Do not try to save the swimmer by yourself either. This could cause you both the swept out to sea. First notify any lifeguard on duty. Second if you have a flotation device please throw it to the person caught in the riptide. Do not enter the water and try to save them yourself. It is very dangerous. 

If you find yourself caught up in a rip current, please do the following; 

1.Do not swim against the current. It is too strong, and you will become tired rather quickly only making it more dangerous for you. 

2.It may be difficult, but we encourage you to relax and float along until the current dissipates. This will save you energy. 

3.Please swim parallel to the shoreline. Do not try to swim through the current. Stay parallel until you can safely reach the shore. 

Monitoring the water conditions certainly will make your day more enjoyable but it isn’t’ the only danger on the beach. Please make sure you have plenty of sunscreen and reapply it several times throughout the day. Sunburns can be painful and can ruin your fun time in the sun. We even suggest you rent an umbrella to help keep you and your loved ones shaded through out the day. You can always rent them from No Worries Vacation Rentals. Above all we want you to enjoy your time here.