Keep Safe on Queensland Beaches

Welcome to our beautiful Queensland beaches.

We hope you and your family enjoy the sand and sea, we as surf life savers and Lifeguards are here to make your visit to the beach fun and safe.

We have some safety information which will help keep you safe as you enjoy the beach, please take the time to read and understand this advice.

If you have any questions, please ask the surf life savers or lifeguards – the people wearing red and yellow. We are here to keep you safe.

Red and yellow flags

The red and yellow flags help show you an area which is safe to swim and has life savers or lifeguards watching and supporting you.

They will jump into action if there is an emergency.

They are friendly, helpful people who are here to make our beaches safe for everyone.

By swimming between the red and yellow flags you know you are safe. Swimming outside these flags has many risks.

Key Safety Information

To ensure you enjoy your time at the beach, make sure you follow this advice.

  • ALWAYS swim at beaches that have surf life saving patrols and only between the red and yellow flags
  • Read the safety signs and understand the meaning of the flag colours which will explain the conditions of the water.
  • If you are unsure about the conditions, ask a life saver or lifeguard before entering the water.
  • If you are unsure about how confident you feel about the water, please stay in shallow water where you feel in control.
  • Swim with a friend where possible.
  • If you find yourself in trouble, stay calm and put your hand up for help.

Always supervise young children in and around the water.

What do the flags mean?

Red and yellow flag
Always swim between the flags.
Red flag
No swimming.
Yellow flag
Caution required. Potential hazards.
Black and white flag
Surf craft (canoes, kayaks, surfboards) riding area boundary.

What do the warning signs mean?

Strong current

The strength of the current is high. This can push you into the water even as a strong swimmer. Be very careful.

Rough surf

The waves are rough and can be dangerous is you are not a strong swimmer. Be very careful.

Submerged rocks

There are rocks under the water that you cannot see that can cause you harm if you are not aware.

Marine stingers

There are marine stingers detected in the water. Please be aware as they can hurt you.

Blue bottles

There are marine stingers detected in the water. Please be aware as they can hurt you.

Snakes

We have detected snakes in the area around the beach.

Sudden Drop Off

There is a sudden drop off where the sand is gone be careful when entering the water.

Crocodile Hazard

A crocodile has been seen in the water ask life savers or lifeguards for advice before swimming.

Shallow Water Hazard

The water is very shallow be careful when diving under waves.

Shark Hazard

Sharks have been spotted in the area ask life savers or lifeguards for advice before swimming.

Lifesaving Equipment in Use Keep clear.

Life savers are currently training in the area, do not swim here.

More information

If you would like more information, Surf Lifesaving Australia have also provided videos with information in the following languages:

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