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Flags & Symbols
At the beach parks, the lifeguard stands display various flags and signs to convey dangerous or threatening areas and give current information about the water environment. The displayed signs also offer information regarding currents and tides. Read it before getting in the ocean.

Red Over Yellow Flag

Red Over Yellow Flag
Designated lifeguarded swimming area between flags. 

Yellow FlagYellow Flag
Use caution. Rough water or possible dangerous sea life. The ocean is never 100% safe, so always treat it with respect, watch your children, and swim with a buddy. 

Surfboards and other non-powered watercraft are prohibited.Yellow Flag with Black Circle
Surfboards and other non-powered watercraft are prohibited. 

Red FlagRed Flag
No swimming. The water is closed due to dangerous currents, severe storms or lighting. Possible dangerous sea life. 

Purple FlagPurple Flag
Sea Pests. There are a higher than normal number of possibly dangerous marine animals in the water, including jellyfish, stingray, man-of-war. This is not intended to be used to notify the presence of sharks.

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