Destin Beach Safety – What Do the Flags Mean?
As beach season kicks off with spring break and Easter vacationers, we have some important information to help you make it a safe and wonderful experience. We want you to enjoy your time riding the emerald waves and splashing in the saltwater while on vacation in Destin, Florida.
We recommend you begin each beach trip by checking the flag color for the day. The local flag warning system is universal across all of our beaches. In addition, Destin’s lifeguards, the Destin Beach Safety team, post the flag alerts on their Facebook page.
Double Red Flag: Water is closed to public due to dangerous water conditions. Do NOT go in the water.
Red Flag: High hazard due to surf and/or strong currents
Yellow Flag: Medium surf and/or current hazard
Green Flag: Low hazard and calm conditions, remain vigilant
Purple Flag: Marine pests present, such as jellyfish, stingrays or dangerous fish
Rip currents, powerful currents of water moving away from shore, are also something you should heed while swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. These currents can sweep even the strongest swimmer out to sea.
How to Survive a Rip Current:
- Don’t fight the current. It’s a natural treadmill that travels an average speed of 1-2 feet per second, but has been measured as fast as 8 feet per secondâ€”faster than an Olympic swimmer.
- Relax and float to conserve energy. Staying calm may save your life.
- Do NOT try to swim directly into to shore. Swim parallel to the shoreline until you escape the current’s pull. When free from the pull of the current, swim at an angle away from the current toward shore.
- If you feel you can’t reach shore, relax, face the shore, and call or wave for help. Remember: Wave, yell & swim parallel!