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Green Flag - Low Hazard

Green flags represents generally calm surf and currents. Swim with usual caution.


Yellow Flag - Medium Hazard

Yellow flags represent moderate surf and/or currents. Swim with extra caution.


Red Flag - High Hazard (NO SWIMMING)

Red flags represent high surf and/or dangerous currents. No swimming or wading in the Gulf of Mexico.

*Entering the Gulf of Mexico to swim or wade during red flag conditions is illegal in Escambia County. Click here for more information. 


Double Red Flag - WATER CLOSED

Double red flags are only used during hurricanes and other natural disasters. No swimming, wading, or surfing in the Gulf of Mexico.

*Entering the Gulf of Mexico during double red flag conditions is illegal in Escambia County. Click here for more information.


Purple Flag - Stinging Marine Life

Purple flags are flown when jellyfish, Portuguese man o' war, etc. are present. Exercise caution when in the water and/or along the shoreline.

Flag Warning System

The colored flags flying at Pensacola Beach are surf warning flags. Our flags are posted at the following locations: south of the Bob Sikes Toll Bridge, next to the Casino Beach Pavilion, on the Gulf Fishing Pier, one mile east of Portofino Island Resort, Park East, Park West, and at all lifeguard towers. The absence of surf warning flags does not assure water safety. Please always use your best judgment when determining whether you should swim. Only strong swimmers should enter the Gulf of Mexico. 

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