While the beaches usually offer a beautiful and safe experience the overwhelming majority of the time, there are times and conditions, recognized only by those knowledgeable in such, that they can be very dangerous. Here are some water safety tips to help you on your trip to Panama City Beach!
A GREEN flag means that the water is calm. The undertow is slight to non-existent and it is safe to swim using the proper amount of caution!
A YELLOW flag indicates the presence of light surf or currents and additional caution should be used while swimming in the Gulf.
A RED flag indicates the presence of strong surf and currents. Swimming in these conditions is not recommended as it presents a very high hazard to all swimmers.
A DOUBLE RED flag, however, means that the water is closed to the public! No one is allowed in the water when a double red flag is posted!
A PURPLE flag indicates the presence of marine pest in the water such as jellyfish, stingrays or dangerous fish. In order to best enjoy the beaches, use the tips below as a beginning point in learning to recognize the dangerous times.
Use common sense, if the waves look dangerous, they probably are. Remember that even small summer thunder storms can cause local dangerous conditions with the surf. Seek shelter when storm clouds become visible. Avoid the water if you see lightning. Be safe and exhibit caution if you can’t swim or are a beginner.