Beach Warning Flags (Legend)

Pay attention to the flags flying from the lifeguard stands when you visit the beach. They are used to promote safety by identifying surf conditions and dangers in the water in Florida’s coastal towns. If a legend isn’t provided to describe the meaning of the flags, ask the lifeguards on duty what they mean. The uniform flags and signs, which use the colors adopted by the International Lifesaving Federation, are available to beach communities free of charge.

Green: Low hazard, calm water conditions, swim safely.
Yellow: Medium hazard, with moderate surf or currents.
Red: Highly hazardous conditions, high surf and/or strong currents.
Red over a 2nd Red: The water is closed to the public.
Purple: Dangerous marine life like jellyfish, stingrays or those sharks.

NOT ALL BEACHES WILL HAVE FLAGS POSTED!