Beach Warning Flags

Beach Condition Warning Flag
Beach Condition Warning Flag

Part of Florida's beauty is our beaches.  We are able to travel to throughout the state and enjoy this wonderful natural resource.  For years, many of our public beaches and beach communities posted warning flags denoting water conditions.  Unfortunately, differences in flag colors for different beaches created confusion among beachgoers.


In an effort to improve the effectiveness of this system and to improve safety of our public, the Florida Legislature decided that a uniform flag system would provide the best measure of safety and, in 2005, amended Section 380.276, F.S..  Now, all public beaches in Florida with lifeguards must use the state flag system.


This "Warning Flag System" is in place on our lifeguard towers.  With a quick glance at a lifeguard stand, beachgoers are able to keep abreast of existing water conditions and know that the guards will monitor conditions and will change the flags throughout the day in order to keep patrons informed.


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.