Beach Warning Flags

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RIP CURRENTS can be unpredictable, dangerous and deadly. Please use good judgment while swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. 


LOOK FOR:  Photo of beautiful beach with sky, water and sand

  • Unusual choppiness
  • Discoloration of water
  • Debris and foam moving seaward

    Learn how to identify and avoid rip currents. 

  • If you're caught in a rip current, don't panic. Swim parallel to the shore until the current weakens, then swim back to the shore.

  • Rip currents are strong, localized rivers of water that usually flow away from the beach at a surprisingly high velocity.

  • Usually rip currents are associated with large waves and strong offshore winds, but not always. In rare cases, rip currents occur during calm conditions.


    Double red flag with line through it



    DOUBLE RED FLAG: Very High Hazard and water closed to public; 

    Single red flag

    RED FLAG: High Hazard with high surf and strong currents;

    Single yellow flag

    YELLOW FLAG: Medium Hazard with moderate surf and.or strong currents;

    Single green flag

    GREEN FLAG: Low Hazard with calm conditions, but caution still advised;

    Single Purple flag

    PURPLE FLAG: Dangerous marine life.