Life Guard Tower Colored Flags, what do they mean?

I know what you are thinking. You are a web designer; why are you talking about Life Gaurd beach flags?  Well, it is summer in Maine, and beaches are a favorite thing for people to do in the great state of Maine.  (I also thought it was interesting)

Before jumping into any beach water, though, you may want to consider the water’s safety. Have you ever noticed different flag colors at the beach? There are several different flag colors that you may see during any beach trip, which indicate various ocean safety levels.

This is what each beach flag color means:

  • Green: Low hazard and calm conditions.
  • Yellow: Medium hazard level, with a light surf and/or currents.
  • Red: A high hazard level. Rough conditions are present, such as strong surf and/or currents.
  • Double Red: The water is closed off to the public.
  • Purple: It indicates that marine pests are present in the water.

These flag meanings are used worldwide to help beachgoers determine water safety globally. The International Life Saving Federation established international beach flag guidelines in 2004. These flags and guidelines help beachgoers determine how to maneuver within the water.

So go forward and have a safe beach day; you are welcome!