The red and yellow flags indicate the safest place to swim when lifeguards and lifesavers patrol beaches
More information on Beach safety 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
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