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BEACH FLAG SYSTEM

 

Knowing and understanding the meaning of the Flag warning system is very important.

ALWAYS check and heed the Flag System Warnings. This system is in place for your safety. Please observe and obey the Flag System and your local Lifeguard. Absence of the flag does not constitute safe swimming conditions!


Here is a brief overview of the flags:


Chart Courtesy of the Emerald Coast Visitors and Convention Bureau

HOW TO SURVIVE RIP CURRENTS
• Know how to swim
• Always swim at guarded beaches
• Remain calm.
• Swim out of the current by swimming parallel to shore until you break through
• Float if you cannot swim out of the current
• Use a flotation device if you attempt to rescue someone.

Source: The National Weather Service


HOW TO SPOT RIP CURRENTS
• Usually murkier or darker than surrounding waters
• Waves are lower and choppier
• Objects or foam can be seen moving out to sea

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