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Know your flags!

Learn about the flags on our beaches. It could save your life!

To avoid accidents and give the lifeguards a break this summer, take a minute to educate yourself with the following flags.

Each flag colour represents a different warning of some sort. It may be a swimmers only section, an area for surf craft or indicate the whereabouts of a nasty rip current.

They are put in place on beaches for a reason, so please take notice of them before venturing into the sea. If you're ever unsure of swimming conditions, ask a lifeguard.

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Red and yellow flags mark areas that are patrolled by lifeguards. These are the safest places for swimming.

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When you see black and white chequered flags, it means an area of water has been marked for use by craft. For your own safety, do not swim in these zones.

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The red flag indicates danger. Never enter the water when the red flag is flying.

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An orange windsock flying at the beach indicates that wind conditions are especially dangerous - so under no circumstances should you take an inflatable into the sea.

Remember - Never enter the water if you see a red flag flying.

To find out more about beach safety visit www.beachsafety.org

Thanks to Chris Page from the Rest Bay Lifeguard Club for the information.



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