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Beach Safety Tips

DestinBeach 031With summer in full swing, Destin’s beaches are starting to get crowded! There are tons of fun things to do in Destin, but our beautiful beaches are still the favorite! While it is easy to get caught up in the moment and forget about beach safety, being prepared is important.

When heading down to the beach look around for different colored flags posted at the access points. Beaches in Destin hang these flags to represent the safety of the water for that day.

Green flag- Conditions favorable for swimming, low hazard

Yellow flag- Medium hazard

Red flag- High hazard

Red over red flag- Water closed to the public use

Purple- Marine Pests Present, jelly fish specifically

These flags are there to help you judge whether or not the water is safe to swim. Please pay attention to the colors and always be careful in the water!

Rip currents can also be dangerous. It is important to understand how to escape a rip current if you are ever caught in one. It is sometimes difficult to judge whether or not you are caught in a current, but the best way to decide is how fast you are moving away from your original spot. The best way to escape a rip current is to relax and swim horizontally to the shore moving with the current. The most important thing to remember is to stay calm and swim at a steady pace.

Destin’s beaches have life guards that are trained to handle dangerous situations, but it is always smart for you to be familiar wit safety precautions before heading to the beach!

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