Surf Warning Flags And Rip Currents

Swimming and playing in the beautiful waters of the gulf is a favorite activity on Pensacola Beach. Unfortunately there are times when the waters are not safe enough for some of these pastimes. For this reason the Santa Rosa Island Authority and Escambia County have established a system of color coded flags to alert you about the safety of the water.

A Double Red Flag indicates that the water is closed to the public. No one may enter the water.

A Red Flag indicates a high hazard with a high surf and/or strong currents. You are stronly urged not to go into the water because of the possibility of strong rip currents. It is not even a good idea to wade into the water. If a wave knocks you down a rip tide could drag you out.

A Yellow Flag indicates a medium hazard with a medium surf and/or currents. When there is a yellow flag there is a possiblity of rip currents. Be sure to know what to do in the event you are caught in a rip current.

A Green Flag indicates a low hazard and calm conditions. Use caution in the water. Be aware of your surroundings and watch for changing conditions.

A Purple Flag indicates dangerous marine life in the water. Usually a purple flag means there are a lot of jellyfish in the water.

Surf conditions can be deceiving. There can be dangerous currents even on calm days. Call for the latest surf advisory at 850-932-SURF (850-932-7873).

Related External Links:
Current Surf Conditions From The Pensacola Beach Lifeguards