Water Safety Flags: Be Alert!

In light of what’s been circulating on the news recently about heeding water safety warnings, we thought we would post something that everyone should be attentive to while on the beach.

Panama City Beach may be the home of the world’s most beautiful beaches, but even the gorgeous waters of the emerald coastline won’t assure your safety in the water.

Water and beach safety is crucial to ensuring the successful vacation experience of each and every individual visiting this Florida gem. It is, after all, the city\’s main mission to help ensure the safety of the millions of visitors who come to enjoy the 27 miles of gorgeous beaches each year.

One of the easiest ways to ensure your safety in Gulf waters is to pay close attention to the beach flags that fly at every public beach. The beach flag colors are alerts about water conditions and rip currents.

The beach flags fly in 5 different colors, and they mean the following:

  • Double red: Danger! Water closed to swimmers!
  • Single red: High hazard-high surf and/or strong currents; getting into the water is not advised
  • Yellow: Medium hazard-moderate surf and/or strong currents; swimmers should take additional care
  • Green: Low hazard-Calm conditions, water is safe; as always, swimmers should exercise caution in the water
  • Purple: Presence of dangerous marine life such as jellyfish, stingrays or other hazardous creatures; beachgoers should stay out of the water

It’s extremely important for beachgoers to monitor and follow the flag colors. Double red means stay out of the water.

Please also keep in mind that the absence of beach flags does not necessarily mean that the water is safe.

Remember, the beach flags are there for your protection, so keep an eye on them!


– With files from visitpanamacitybeach.com

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