Here we will explain what the different coloured flags mean that you may see on beaches throughout Cornwall.
RED over YELLOW horizontal bands indicate that the area is patrolled by lifeguards. The flags indicate a safe area to swim, bodyboard etc, between them.
BLACK & WHITE chequers designate areas for surfing, kayaks and other non-powered craft.
RED FLAGS MEAN DANGER!
Do not enter the water when red flags are showing. Although the sea may not look dangerous, there could be riptides and currents that you cannot see.
The orange windsock signifies windy conditions. Do NOT take inflatables into the water!
If you get into difficulty: raise your hand and shout for help. Surfers should never abandon their board. If you see someone else in difficulty, tell the lifeguards as soon as possible, if none are present call 999, or 112, and ask for the Coastguard. Always check the tide times when visiting the beach.