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publication date: 11.08.2018In order to prevent accidents on the beaches, the Spanish Federation of Lifeguards recommends holidaymakers to pay attention to the colour of the flag which waves over the bathing beach.
Each colour has its own meaning and everyday certified lifeguards decide which flag to hang out.
What does the colour mean?
Green flag says that there is no danger, the see is in a perfect condition to swim.
Yellow flag warns about strong waves and polluted water: you can swim, but do not swim too far away from the shore. This colour can also indicate the presence of jellyfish in the sea, but in this case, there is an additional text message.
Red flag means that swimming is not permitted. Sometimes this prohibition concerns just a part of the beach which has its own signal system. A red flag is hung out when waves are big or there are other types of danger: dangerous bacteria in the sea, animals such as jellyfish or sharks. If someone decides to disregard this prohibition and enters the water, an administrative penalty of even up to 3000€ will expect him.
Black flag is rarely used, it means that due to high health risk it is prohibited to enter the beach. Usually, it happens after a storm which damaged the beach. If you do not comply, you will get fined.
Blue flag is a very good sign, it means that you are on one of the best beaches in Spain. The blue flag certificate is not granted on a permanent basis. Each year, all the beaches are evaluated and not only the natural characteristics are taken into account but also facilities which are being offered there, such as restaurants, shops, toilets, baths, facilities for disabled, etc. The safety of tourists and the quatily of access roads are also considered.
In order to warn about the presence of jellyfish near the beach, different flags are used. The Red Cross organisation has choosen a white flag with a jellyfish on it, but some of the beaches hang out a purple flag with a jellyfish. In any case, if we have doubts or questions, we can always ask for explanation to the lifeguard.
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