Water Safety Signs

There are different safety rules for beaches, rivers, lakes and public or private swimming pools. Be aware of the local water environment and weather conditions before entering the water.

  • Prohibition Signs
  • Hazard Signs
  • Mandatory Signs
  • information sign
  • Safety condition Signs

Prohibition Signs

Signs that mean you should not do something, are always:
� A red ring shape, with a line running through
� White background, black shapes or symbol and red line

Hazard Signs

Signs that warn you of danger, are always:
� Triangle or dimond shaped
� Yellow background, with black symbols
These signs are placed to warn you of hazards that is not always obvious

Mandatory Signs

Signs that mean you should do something, are always:
� Blue and circle shaped
� White symbols or shapes
They are placed to tell you that you should do something to be safe.

Information signs

Information signs, are always:
� White background
� Black symbols or text
These signs help you either find something, or get somewhere.

safe condition sign

Safe condition signs, are always:
� White pictogram or writing
� With Green background
These signs tell you where important safety items are such as the first aid place, or the emergency telephone.

Water Safety Flags

At beaches there are different coloured flags to tell us when and where it is safe to use the water.

Yellow Flags:

When ocean conditions are rough the yellow flag is up.A yellow flag indicates potentially high surf or dangerous currents and undertows and means that swimmers should be with extreme caution.

Red Flags:

It is dangerous to bathe or swim and you should not go into the water when red flag is up. One red flag means that the surf is high or there are dangerous currents or both but it is not life-threatening situation

Green Flags

A green flag on the beach is an all-clear sign, indicating that it’s safe to swim. Even when the flag is green, make sure to exercise caution in the ocean, listen to lifeguard warnings and keep a close eye on children

Double red Flags

The most serious of all beach warning flags, double red flags warn swimmers of serious hazards in the water. The beach is closed when there is a double red flag.Somtimes no swimming sign is also there on one of the red flags.

Purple Flags

When potentially dangerous ocean animals have been spotted, you'll see a dark blue or purple flag. These flags fly either on their own or with other colored flags

Red and yellow flags

Lifeguards are on patrol. You should only swim or boogie board in the area between the twoRed and yellow flags

Quartered black and white flags

indicates the area zoned for surf craft and Malibu boards. It is not safe for swimmers and bathers.

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