Today we came by the North Beach; the waves were high and the yellow flag flying. The United States Lifesaving Association, in conjunction with the International Lifesaving Federation, has developed a flag warning system that has been adopted by coastal communities worldwide to notify beachgoers of potential water hazards. Understanding and heeding these colored flags keeps you safe in the water and helps you enjoy your trip to the beach.
When ocean conditions are rough, but not life-threatening, you will see a yellow flag on the beach. A yellow flag indicates potentially high surf or dangerous currents and undertow, and means that swimmers should exercise extreme caution. With the waves we were seeing today, along with what the guys had said about the under current yesterday, it didn’t seem smart to be out there doing anything. We did, however, see the guys standing on one of the rocks. Not sure why they were out there.