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Florida offers so many types of adventure and entertainment. But, when you think of Florida, beautiful beaches are what make Florida the prime location to visit on your next vacation. From Daytona Beach to Miami Beach, each has its own unique vibe.

Florida makes use of the Beach Flag Color System, so you know when it is safe to swim in the gorgeous blue ocean. Find out more about how the beach flag color system works and how to look out for riptides below.

How Does The Beach Flag Color System Work?

Here is a list of what each flag represents:

  • Double Red Flag – Water Closed
  • Red Flag – High Hazard
  • Yellow Flag – Moderate Surf/Currents
  • Green Flag – Calm Conditions
  • Purple Flag – Marine Pests Present

You can find further information on the Florida Government website here

Florida Beach Safety – Beach Flag Color Warning System

What Does A Rip Current Look Like?

A rip current is a darker color surf which indicates deeper water. The murkiness of the rip current is caused by sand being stirred up on the bottom.

Another giveaway you should look out for are smaller, unorganized waves as well as more breaking waves over sand bars. The waves also break further out to sea on both sides of the rip current.

How Do I Help Someone Caught in a Rip Current?

  • If you have sight of a victim, notify a lifeguard.
  • Have someone else call 911 as you don’t want to lose sight of the victim.
  • Don’t enter the water otherwise, you might also be swept into the strong force of the current.
  • If possible, throw the victim a flotation device.

Florida Beach Safety

What Do You Do If You Are Caught in a Rip Current?

Your first natural reaction would be to panic! Don’t panic or swim against the current. Instead, try to relax and float with the current. Swimming parallel to shore will make it easier to swim back in. Of course, the best way to avoid a rip current is to know the surf conditions before entering the water. And last but certainly not least, know the conditions and watch the flags!

For more information, visit the South Walton Florida website