As many of you have noticed, we are no longer flying a green flag at Seacrest. This is not as a result of any water condition or environmental changes on our beach, but, as an effort to have a more consistent use of Flags not only at our beach but many other beaches in our area. While there was always the implication that you should swim in the ocean with caution, the Yellow Flag flown on a daily basis is a reminder of this fact. The ocean demands your respect.
New Flag System is as follows:
Single Yellow Flag:
There are no specific limitations placed on swimming or rafting. The Yellow flag is a reminder that the ocean is inherently dangerous and you should ALWAYS SWIM WITH CAUTION.
Double Yellow Flag:
This combination of 2 yellow flags is an indication that there is swimming allowed, but there are restrictions in place. These restrictions can include, but are not limited to:
- How deep you can enter the water
- Restrictions on use of a body board without fins, or not at all.
- Restrictions on access to a sand bar or other areas of the water
- Smaller or limited swimming area
Single Red Flag
This Flag indicates that no swimming is allowed, and that the lifeguards are on duty to enforce and respond to emergencies. Patrons may be allowed to access the water line and get their feet or ankles wet. No Body Boards without fins. Any surfers accessing the water are doing so at their own risk. Very limited water access area.
Double Red Flag
This combination is flown the end of the day or season when lifeguards are no longer on duty. This indicates that the beach is closed. This may also be flown during the day with thunder and Lighting
warnings, in the case of complete water closure as per Governors orders, Health Department direction, or extremely hazardous conditions. It is recommended that NO ONE access the water at this time.
As always, we encourage you to ask us questions before entering the water, so that you are knowledgeable about the water conditions. Please feel free to follow us on Instagram for daily updates on water conditions @sbc_lifeguards.
Thank you everyone,