Beach Lifeguard Flags

If you head to the beach this summer then always head to a beach that has lifeguard operating on it, never surf or swim at a beach that is not patrolled if you don’t know  how to be safe in the water.

When you are at a lifeguarded beach it is worth knowing what flags they use and how they mark each part of the beach.

There are four main flags used at beaches around the UK(and even abroad), these are :

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.

One of the best ways to ensure you understand the flags and to know how to surf in a safe area is to have a  Bude surf lesson

Our surf coaches run through all the flags used and safety at the beach during your session.