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The Galveston Island Beach Patrol puts out all kinds of information about how to stay safe when visiting the beaches.
One important area to familiarize yourself with is our Flag Warning System (FWS) which advises beach patrons of the current water conditions and any applicable environmental warnings.
The Flag Warning System is used to advise beach patrons of the current water conditions and any applicable environmental warnings. The flag colors described below are part of a national system employed to help beach-goers understand the current conditions in the always dynamic environment of open water.
On Galveston Island, informational signs and warning flags are posted each day along Seawall Blvd. at 61st St., 53rd St., 37th St., 29th St., and 10th St.
During the summer months, each guarded Lifeguard Tower flies the appropriate flags for the day. All Park Board-operated parks, such as East Beach, Stewart Beach and the West End Pocket Parks, also display the warning flags when the parks are open.
Galveston Island Beach Patrol employs a notification system that displays the day’s warning flags, along with any specific advisories for the day. Interested parties can sign up to receive the notifications via email and/or text message daily.
Flown when conditions are rough, such as the presence of strong wind, strong current or large surf. Adult swimmers should stay in water no more than waist deep and non-swimmers and children should enjoy the water along the surf line. When there is a red flag flying you should assume the presence of very strong rip currents near any type of structure like groins or jetties.
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