The flags

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Our lifeguards use flags with different colours to give various warnings. The overview below shows the flags used in Westland.

Red and yellow flag

If this flag is flying on the beach lifeguard station, it means lifeguards are present.

Orange windsock

Floating objects prohibited.

Yellow flag

It is dangerous to go in the sea.

Single red flag

It is very dangerous to go in the sea.

Double red flag

It is forbidden to go in the sea.

First Aid flag

If this flag is flying on the beach lifeguard station, it means qualified first-aid personnel are present.

Black with white chequered flag

You are allowed to practice permitted water sports in the zone between the two flags.

Flag with question mark

A child has been found.

Red with yellow flags along the shoreline

Lifeguards are keeping watch between the two flags. The area between these flags is recommended for bathers. Water sports are not allowed in this zone.

Red flags along the shoreline

It is forbidden to enter the sea between the two flags. Lifeguards make sure everybody obeys this rule.


Enjoying the beach and the water, here are some lifeguard tips!
  1. Please only swim on places where it is allowed and safe.
    e.g. where lifeguards are on duty
  2. Make sure you are fit and healthy enough to swim and enjoy the water sports.
    And do not forget to put sun screan on!
  3. Never swim alone.
    Even the most experienced swimmer can get in trouble! (e.g. cramp)
  4. Don’t swim near rip currents
  5. Alcohol and swimming do not mix!
  6. Don’t use floatation devices during offshore winds.
  7. Dig no deep holes on the beach in the sand.
    Risk of collapse and suffocation.
  8. Keep to the designated areas for practising water sport.
  9. Do not jump of bridges, piers or any constructions.
    They are not designed for diving of jumping of in to the water.
  10. Always keep an eye on your children,
    As well as in the water as on the beach
Know your flags