​Swim ​between the flags​

Only swim bet​ween the red and yellow flags at the beach

The red and yellow flags indicate the safest place to swim when lifeguards and lifesavers patrol beaches

Swim between the flags

  • Always swim at patrolled beaches
  • Swim between the red and yellow flags. They mark the safer area for swimming
  • Never swim, surf or fish alone
  • Read and obey the signs
  • Be aware of rip currents (know how to spot one and how to escape from one)
  • Don't swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Never run or dive in the water, even if you have checked before as water conditions can change
  • If in doubt stay out
  • Seek advice from the lifesavers and lifeguards

More information on Beach safet​y can be found on the Beachsafe website


A rip is an intermittent strong surface current flowing seaward from the shore.

Water safety experts provide advice on exactly what a rip is, how a rip behaves, how to recognise a rip and what to do if you are caught in a rip.

Different experts have different opinions about the best way to get out of a rip.

For information on surf safety and rips visit these sites:


Surf Educators International

SEA Australia

Most impo​​​rtantly

  • Avoid a rip first - always swim between the red and yellow flags

  • Don't swim alone

  • Stay calm, stay afloat and signal for help by raising an arm