The safety and enjoyment of Okaloosa County’s public beaches are affected by changes in tide and surf conditions. Okaloosa County’s beach warning flag program uses flags in four colors accompanied by interpretive signs along the beach to explain the meaning of each color.
The Beach Warning 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 the Beach Warning Flags, the Okaloosa County Beach Safety Lifeguards provide Prevention and Educational Informational sessions on the beach to advise how to recognize rip currents and other natural risk conditions.