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Beach warning flags

Beach Warning Flags are flown at guarded beaches while the Lifeguards are on duty.

Warning Flags

  • Red Flag: Dangerous for Bathing
  • Red/Yellow Flag: Lifeguard on Duty
  • No Flag: No Lifeguards on Duty

The Irish Water Safety Lifeguards cover the following locations in County Clare:

  • Spanish Point
  • Lahinch
  • Fanore
  • Bishops Quarter, Ballyvaughan
  • Whitestrand, Milltown Malbay
  • Seafield Quilty
  • Whitestrand Doonbeg
  • Kilkee
  • Cappagh Pier, Kilrush
  • Mountshannon
  • Ballycuggeran, Killaloe

To stay safe at the beach, always remember F.L.A.G.S.

F - Find the red and yellow flags and swim between them.
Always swim where there is a lifeguard on patrol, and stay inside the area marked by the red and yellow flags. Never swim where a sign says not to, or when the red flag is flying.

L - Look at the safety signs.
Always read and obey the safety signs - they will help you to avoid potential dangers on the beach, and to identify the safest areas for swimming.

A - Ask a lifeguard for advice.
If in doubt, it's always best to play it safe and ask the experts.

G - Get a friend to swim with you.
Make sure there are other people around, because you never know when help might be needed.

S - Stick your hand in the air and shout for help if you get into difficulty.

If you see someone else in difficulty:

  • Always tell a Lifeguard
  • Or if you can't see one CALL 999 / 112 ask for the Coastguard

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Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 02/06/16