The USLA ‘s Website has signs and brochures that can be downloaded to be used by individual organizations following their guidelines. You can find these signs at http://www.usla.org/ripcurrents/signsbrochures.asp.

 

 


The Florida Legislature decided that a uniform flag system would provide the best measure of safety and, in 2005, amended Section 380.276, F.S., to require that all public beaches displaying warning flags use only the flags developed for the state’s warning program.
 
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According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection , the beach flags provide general warnings about overall surf conditions and do not specifically advise the public of the presence of rip currents. However increasing awareness of natural conditions which pose a significant risk at the beach, such as rip currents, is a critical element to improve public safety. Therefore in addition to this warning system, the FCMP also distributes rip current educational signs to local governments and public parks in the state of Florida free of charge. Since 2004 FCMP has distributed these comprehensive national signs that were developed through the combined efforts of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service (NWS) and SeaGrant, and the USLA. To further your understanding on the dynamics and dangers of rip currents, FCMP encourages you to consult the professional advice provided by the NWS and the USLA.




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According to Chris Brewster, President of the USLA: flags are only to be used on beaches where lifesavers qualified to ILS standards are on duty. Flags are not an acceptable substitute for properly trained and equipped rescuers, but rather a tool for their use." Flags and signs are like stop signs or traffic signals, but they are less well understood because you don't have to have a license or take a test to use a swimming area. As we all know, traffic signals can help reduce traffic accidents, but they are no substitute for public safety services.