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The emerald-green waters and beautiful white sand beaches at Sandestin Beach Resort in Florida beckon you to jump on in. Before taking the plunge, be sure you know the meaning of the Destin beach flags.

Destin Beach Warning Flags

Green Flag:  Conditions are favorable for swimming. Swim with caution.

Purple Flag:  Indicates that dangerous marine life is present.

Yellow Flag:  Use caution when venturing into the water. There's moderate surf and/or currents.

Red Flag:  It's too dangerous to swim! There's high surf and/or strong currents.

Double red flags:  Highest level of caution. The beach is closed to the public. When the beach flag is red, undertow is present and swimming or wading is not advised.

Rip Currents: Rip currents are a threatening natural hazard, because they pull victims away from the beach.

Beach safety doesn't end with flying flags; the rest is up to you. Keep it safe by swimming with someone else and avoiding the water during rough surf conditions. If you happen to get caught in a rip current, stay calm and swim parallel to the shore until you are free from its pull.

While lounging on the beach, slather on the sunscreen – SPF 30 is best – and shade your eyes.

Drink plenty of water regularly even if you do not feel thirsty. Your body needs water to keep cool.

Red Cross Swimming Safety Rules

  • Learn to swim. Contact your local Red Cross to inquire about courses.
  • Always swim with a buddy; never swim alone. Know your swimming limits, and stay within them. Don't try to keep up with a stronger skilled swimmer or encourage others to keep up with you. Keep an eye on weaker swimmers.
  • Alcohol and swimming don't mix.
  • Obey "No Diving" signs, which indicate the area is unsafe for headfirst entries. Enter feet first into water, rather than headfirst, if you don't know the depth.
  • Watch out for the "dangerous too's" ~ too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, too much strenuous activity.
  • Swim in supervised areas only.
  • Use common sense about swimming after eating. In general, you do not have to wait an hour after eating. Just let digestion get started before swimming.
  • Remember CHECK-CALL-CARE. CHECK the scene to ensure it's safe, and CHECK the victim. CALL 9-1-1 or your local emergency number. CARE for the person until help arrives.