Take the Quiz: What Colored Beach Flags Mean

By: Lauren Tjaden

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The safety flags along Florida's coast convey messages. The uniform flags, which use the colors adopted by the International Lifesaving Federation, tell you about the conditions in the ocean and Gulf. And if you -- or anybody in your gang -- ever dips more than a toe in the surf, you should know what they mean.

Grab a pen, and check out your beach knowledge in this quick quiz.

Spoiler alert! Answers are at the bottom of the page.

1.       A Red flag means:

A.      It’s almost Christmas.

B.      Conditions are very hazardous, with high surf and/or strong currents.

C.      The water is closed to the public.

2.       A Yellow flag means:

A.      Conditions present a medium hazard, with moderate surf and/or currents.

B.      It’s safe even for the biggest chickens.

C.      Be cautious; no lifeguards are on duty.

3.       A Purple flag means:

A.      Conditions are very hazardous, with high surf and/or strong currents.

B.      It’s a royally good day.

C.      Dangerous marine life is present.


4.       A Red over Red (two red flags):  

A.      Dangerous marine life is present.

B.      The water is closed to the public.

C.      Be cautious; no lifeguards are on duty.

5.       A Green flag means:

A.      Conditions present a medium hazard, with moderate surf and/or currents.

B.      It’s okay to sunbathe nude.

C.      Calm conditions present a low hazard, but exercise caution.

Answers: 1, B; 2, A; 3, C; 4, B; 5, C

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