Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Beach Warning Flags

While at the beach have you ever wondered what the different colored flags stand for? The flags could be red, green, yellow, purple or there could be double red flags. What does it mean? And, more importantly, how does it affect your day at the beach?

We will start with the green flag. A green flag on the beach means conditions are calm. You can enjoy the beach to the fullest while exercising a regular amount of caution.

The next flag we’ll look at is the yellow flag. The yellow flag will mean that there is moderate surf and / or currents. Medium hazard. Enjoy the beach but exercise caution while in the ocean.
The purple flag represents dangerous marine life. This means that dangerous marine life have been found in surrounding waters. Dangerous marine life could include: sharks, jellyfish, Portuguese man-of-war, skates, etc.
A red flag warns of high surf and / or strong currents. No swimming is recommended and extreme caution should be exercised while in or near the water.
Double red flags mean that the water is closed to the public. The surf and currents are so rough that the water is closed to the public.
We all hope for a green flag and sunny skies while at the beach. If you are in the mood to try out a new boogie board then you might want a yellow flag with sunny skies. Witnessing the high surf associated with double red flags, while not conducive to swimming, is an awe-inspiring sight and something that all beach goers should see at least once in their lifetime just to appreciate the power of the ocean.
So here’s to hoping the flags fly your way while you are at the beach! To book your beach vacation today, visit Bender Realty's Vacation Rental Page!

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