Information courtesy of RNLI

Signs

When you arrive at the beach the first thing you might see is a sign giving you all the information about the beach you’re visiting. This includes important safety info on the hazards specific to the area. The signs generally use two different types of warning symbols. Do you know the difference?

Red and white prohibition sign

Red and white prohibition sign

Do not enter the water at any time. Swimming and other water-related activities are not permitted.

No lifeguards on beach - sign

No lifeguards sign

There is currently no lifeguard service at this beach. You should exercise caution and follow all safety advice to protect you and your family.

Flags

If the beach you’re at is not lifeguarded, please take extra care if you are going into the water. If lifeguards are on patrol, then you’ll need to know your flags:

Red and yellow flagRed and yellow beach flag

Lifeguarded area. Safest area to swim, bodyboard and use inflatables.

Black and white flagBlack and white chequered beach flag

For surfboards, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and other non-powered craft. Launch and recovery area for kitesurfers and windsurfers. Never swim or bodyboard here.

Red flagRed beach flag

Danger! Never go in the water under any circumstances when the red flag is flying.

Orange windsockOrange windsock

Indicates offshore or strong wind conditions. Never use inflatables when the windsock is flying.