Know What The Flags Mean And Adhere To Them:

beach warning flags

When swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, prioritizing safety is essential. In Panama City Beach, color-coded flags are used to inform the public about current conditions in the Gulf. A double red flag indicates that you must stay out of the water, and ignoring this warning could result in arrest. Stay informed and enjoy the beautiful Florida beaches!

Water conditions in the Gulf of Mexico can change rapidly, making it difficult even for experienced swimmers to return to shore. It’s crucial for beachgoers to pay attention to the flag colors and understand their meanings. Double red flags indicate that the water is closed to the public, and entering it could result in a fine of up to $500 or jail time. Stay alert, educate others, and enjoy the beach safely!

If you’d like text alerts when the flags change you can sign up by texting “PCBFLAGS” to 888777

When in Doubt, Don’t go out!

It’s vital for both visitors and residents to familiarize themselves with the beach flag warning system. Rip currents are narrow channels of water flowing out past the surf zone that can pull even strong swimmers into deep water beyond the offshore sand bar.

If caught in a rip current, do not panic!

To escape a rip current – swim parallel to the shore, do not try to swim against the current. If the current is too strong, let it carry you farther away from shore. It will eventually weaken. Then swim back to shore at an angle away from the current.

If an emergency occurs, always call 911!
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LISTEN TO or WATCH the local radio or television station for the latest National Weather Service advisory, as well as special instructions from our local government.