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Beach Safety Flags

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Is it possible to achieve an international standard for beach safety flags? …

Is it possible to achieve an international standard for beach safety flags?
Author: Peter George AM
(03-38)

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    • 1. Beach Safety Flags Is it possible to achieve an International standard? PETER GEORGE AM Chair International Lifesaving Federation Rescue Committee
    • 2. If each country has a different flag standard, There will be confusion. It is in everyone’s interest to ensure that there is one common Beach Safety Flag system worldwide.
    • 3. What are the issues standing in the way of an International Beach Safety Flag standard? <ul><li>EGO </li></ul><ul><li>Cost associated with CHANGE </li></ul><ul><li>Language </li></ul><ul><li>Culture </li></ul>
    • 4. International Lifesaving Federation Beach Safety and Information Flags Black and White quartered Yellow with central Black ball Orange windsock Red over Yellow Yellow Purple Red over Red Red 8 Flags
    • 5. International Lifesaving Federation Beach Safety and Information Flags 8 Flags 7 plus 2 reds flown together (Beach closed to the public)
    • 6. International Standards Organisation Beach Safety Flags 6 Flags
    • 7. Comparisons between ILS Beach Safety flags approved standard and the pending ISO specification for Beach Safety flags None Not included Water closed to public use Red over Red 9 No inflatable to be used on the water Orange – truncated cone Offshore winds present, inflatables should not be used Orange – cone shaped windsock 8 None Not included Watercraft use prohibited (e.g. no surfboards) Yellow flag with central black ball 7 Emergency Evacuation Red/white (quartered) None Not included 6 Surfboard and other watercraft boundary Black/white Watercraft area Black/white (quartered) 5 None Not included Marine pests present Purple 4 Dangerous Conditions Red High hazard Red 3 General warning flag Yellow Medium hazard Yellow 2 Lifeguard patrolled swimming zone Red/yellow – (red half at the top Recommended swimming area with lifeguard supervision Red/yellow – (halved) red over yellow 1 Meaning ISO flag Meaning ILS flag
    • 8. Comparisons between ILS Beach Safety flags approved standard and the pending ISO specification for Beach Safety flags “ To enter or not to enter?” Both recommend should not enter. None Not included Water closed to public use Red over Red 9 No inflatable to be used on the water Orange – truncated cone Offshore winds present, inflatables should not be used Orange – cone shaped windsock 8 None Not included Watercraft use prohibited (e.g. no surfboards) Yellow flag with central black ball 7 Emergency Evacuation Red/white (quartered) None Not included 6 Surfboard and other watercraft boundary Black/white Watercraft area Black/white (quartered) 5 None Not included Marine pests present Purple 4 Dangerous conditions Red High hazard Red 3 General warning flag Yellow Medium hazard Yellow 2 Lifeguard patrolled swimming zone Red/yellow – (red half at the top Recommended swimming area with lifeguard supervision Red/yellow – (halved) red over yellow 1 Meaning ISO flag Meaning ILS flag
    • 9. Comparisons between ILS Beach Safety flags approved standard and the draft ISO specification for Beach Safety flags “ Beach Closed” None Not included Water closed to public use Red over Red 9 No inflatable to be used on the water Orange – truncated cone Offshore winds present, inflatables should not be used Orange – cone shaped windsock 8 None Not included Watercraft use prohibited (e.g. no surfboards) Yellow flag with central black ball 7 Emergency Evacuation Red/white (quartered) None Not included 6 Surfboard and other watercraft boundary Black/white Watercraft area Black/white (quartered) 5 None Not included Marine pests present Purple 4 Dangerous conditions Red High hazard Red 3 General warning flag Yellow Medium hazard Yellow 2 Lifeguard patrolled swimming zone Red/yellow – (red half at the top Recommended swimming area with lifeguard supervision Red/yellow – (halved) red over yellow 1 Meaning ISO flag (draft) Meaning ILS flag
    • 10. Comparisons between ILS Beach Safety flags approved standard and the ISO specification for Beach Safety flags “ Marine Creatures” “ Emergency Evacuation” None Not included Water closed to public use Red over Red 9 No inflatable to be used on the water Orange – truncated cone Offshore winds present, inflatables should not be used Orange – cone shaped windsock 8 None Not included Watercraft use prohibited (e.g. no surfboards) Yellow flag with central black ball 7 Emergency Evacuation Red/White quartered None Not included 6 Surfboard and other watercraft boundary Black/white Watercraft area Black/white (quartered) 5 None Not included Marine pests present Purple 4 Dangerous Conditions Red High hazard Red 3 General warning flag Yellow Medium hazard Yellow 2 Lifeguard patrolled swimming zone Red/yellow – (red half at the top Recommended swimming area with lifeguard supervision Red/yellow – (halved) red over yellow 1 Meaning ISO flag Meaning ILS flag
    • 11. Comparisons between Surf Life Saving Australia Best Practice Guide to Beach Safety Flags and the ISO specification for Beach Safety Flags “ Watercraft Area” 9 No inflatable to be used on the water Orange – truncated cone None Not included 8 7 Emergency Evacuation Red/white (quartered) Emergency Evacuation Red/white (quartered) 6 Surfboard and other watercraft boundary Black/white Watercraft area Blue 5 4 Dangerous conditions Red High hazard Red 3 General warning flag Yellow Medium hazard Yellow 2 Lifeguard patrolled swimming zone Red/yellow – (red half at the top Recommended swimming area with lifeguard supervision Red/yellow – (halved) red over yellow 1 Meaning ISO flag (draft) Meaning SLSA
    • 12. BEACH SAFETY FLAGS Is it possible to achieve an International standard? YES but it will require COMPROMISES
    • 13. Compromises <ul><li>ILS will need to adopt the Red and White quartered flag. (Emergency Evacuation) </li></ul><ul><li>ILS will need to review certain terminology to ascertain whether the meaning is essentially the same or change the terminology where appropriate. </li></ul><ul><li>A number of countries e.g. Australian Standards, will need to adopt the Black and White quartered flag for watercraft area. </li></ul>
    • 14. <ul><li>If this occurs, then the ISO standard will be a subset of the ILS standard – meaning that we have one common Beach Safety Flag system at ISO and ILS levels with ILS having 3 additional flags. </li></ul>
    • 15. ISSUES <ul><li>EGO – ILS already has a policy in place following input from the major lifesaving federations from around the world – the ‘in field’ experts - why should they change? France continues to reject the whole system as they have built a completely different system. </li></ul><ul><li>COST – Many local Governments in USA have just spend considerable money changing to the ILS endorsed standard following a number of high profile court cases arising as a result of lack of or inconsistent flags – who will pay for the “new” flags and advertising campaigns? </li></ul><ul><li>LANGUAGE – There will continue to be some slight terminology and interpretative meaning issues. </li></ul><ul><li>CULTURE – Korea does not endorse the Black and White flag for culture reasons as it signifies death. France rejects Red and Yellow as a designated swimming area as they believe the colors are contradictory. </li></ul>
    • 16. BEACH SAFETY FLAGS Is it possible to achieve an International standard? YES but it will require COMPROMISES AND we must recognise that there will still be some minor differences.
    • 17. THANK YOU

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