Enigmatic beach flags

We have an obligation to help tourists enjoy their time safely here and get home alive.

The flag system used on Phuket, although an international system, is not familiar to all beachgoers.

Some people may never have been to the beach before and some might have been to a beach that didn’t have a flag warning system.

Meaning of the most common flags:

Red:  beach closed !

High hazard-High Surf and/or Strong Currents. Do not enter water

Red and yellow:
patrolled area – Moderate Surf and/or Currents. The safest swimming area
Yellow: Medium Hazard. warning – potentially dangerous conditions
Blue: Low Hazard - Calm Conditions. Aquatic activity allowed within the boundary

Another factor to consider is that people by nature tend to follow the crowd. If someone sees a group of people swimming in an area, they will instinctively think that it is safe and go in the water there, even if these people are swimming in a red-flag zone.



Text originally posted 20.07.2013

by Phuket Gazette


Pool Villas in Phuket - on or near the Beach Listen how Phuket's beach guards are concerned to save your life !

posted 21.07.2013

by Phuket Gazette

Beach flags provide general warnings about overall surf conditions
and do not specifically advise the public of the presence of rip currents.




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