Lifeguard Flag

Understanding Beach Flags

You may see flags flying at Sunny Sands beach.

These flags are an important safety indicator, telling you whether lifeguards are on duty, and whether it is safe to swim.

Remember that flags may change at short notice, so please double check at your location to see which flag is flying before you enter the water.

Red & Yellow Flag = Lifeguards on duty

If red and yellow flags are flying, Lifeguards are on duty, and the area between these flags will be lifeguarded. The safest place to enter the water and swim is between these flags.

Be aware that hazards may still be present, and you should always be careful when entering the water.

Red Flag = Danger

If a red flag is flying, it is extremely hazardous to swim in the area, and you should not enter the water.

This can be for various reasons, including very stormy weather, activities involving motorised watercraft, marine life (such as swarms of jellyfish), or water pollution.

Yellow Flag = Caution

If a yellow flag is flying, it may be hazardous to swim and caution should be used.

For example, there may be high winds and strong waves. Seek advice from lifeguards on the potential risks of entering the water.

No Flag = Lifeguards not on duty

No Flag

If there are no flags, lifeguards are not on duty.

The hazards are unknown and you will be entering the water at your own risk. In an emergency, you should call the Coastguard on 999.