The lifeguard service has several flags at its disposal. With these flags our lifeguards inform the beach visitors about the current situation and the dangers. On the Noordwijk beach the following flags are used:
This flag indicates that the lifeguard station is open and supervised by qualified lifeguards in the lifeguard work area.
Prohibited to swim! Very dangerous.
This flag indicates serious danger. This flag is raised when the conditions of the (swimming) water are very dangerous. Swimming, bathing and other activities on or in the water are strongly discouraged.
Beware of swimming! Dangerous!
This flag indicates danger. This flag is raised when the conditions of the (swimming) water are dangerous. Swimming, bathing and other activities on or in the water are not recommended. Swimmers and bathers should be extra careful and vigilant.
Be careful when swimming! Do not use flotation devices!
The windsock indicates that it is unsafe to go on the water with (inflatable) flotation devices. The windsock is hoisted when there is an offshore wind.
White with blue question mark
This flag indicates that a child has been found missing her/his parents and/or caregivers. Parents/caregivers are requested to report to the rescue station immediately.
Warning of an area with mists
These flags are placed at the water line and mark an area of hazardous conditions due to a mui. Swimming between these flags is strongly discouraged.
The Blue Flag is an international award given annually to beaches and marinas that are safe, clean and sustainable. In practice, this means that the municipality must meet a number of important criteria, such as clean water, good sanitary facilities and a high degree of safety. As Noordwijk Rescue Brigade, we contribute to safety by preventing death by drowning, training lifeguards, occupying beach posts and organizing mui-swimming lessons for elementary school students.