Beach Safety

When you are swimming at a beach, be aware of which flag is flying as this will warn you of any dangers.

See below images of flags, and this is what you should look for:

  • Red and yellow flags - lifeguards on patrol.

  • Red flags - it's dangerous to bathe or swim so don't go into the water.

  • Quartered black and white flags - the area has been zoned for surf crafts and Malibu boards. It's not safe for swimmers and bathers.

beach flags

Children should always go to the beach with an adult. An adult can point out dangers or help if somebody gets into trouble.

What should I do if I spot an emergency?

If you see someone in difficulty in the water, tell somebody, preferably a lifeguard if there is one nearby. Alternatively use your mobile or go to the nearest telephone and dial 999, ask for the fire service at inland water sites and the coastguard at the beach.

For more information about water safety visit The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents' website (external website)

For more information on beach safety visit Royal National Lifeboat Institution's website (external website)