Pay attention to the beach flag warnings – Do not put yourself in danger – with rip currents, everyone is at risk
Rip Currents or other hazardous situations exist
What is the Beach Flag System?
The beach flags provide general warnings about overall surf conditions and do not specifically advise the public of the presence of rip currents. However, increasing awareness of natural conditions which pose a significant risk at the beach, such as rip currents, is a critical element to improve public safety. Florida’s beach warning flag program uses flags in four colors accompanied by interpretive signs along the beach to explain the meaning of each color.
GREEN: LOW HAZARD – Calm Condition, Exercise Caution
YELLOW: MEDIUM HAZARD – Moderate Surf and/or Strong Currents
RED: HIGH HAZARD – High Surf and/or Strong Currents
DOUBLE RED: WATER CLOSED TO PUBLIC
PURPLE: Marine Pests Present
Flag colors are determined by the most dangerous surf or rip conditions within the county’s beaches and the appropriate color flag or flags are flown at each beach access.
The South Walton Beach Safety Division is constantly monitoring the water conditions and weather forecasts to provide the most accurate and timely water and surf information possible. Please remember to use caution at all times.