We want you to enjoy your time in Panama City Beach and experience all of the activities and beauty that make our area home to “The World’s Most Beautiful Beaches”! We hope you utilize Adventures at Sea during your time here to let us help you make the most of visit. Whether you want to play with the dolphins, take in Shell Island, zoom through the gulf on a Jet Ski, or thrill to the sights from high above on a parasailing ride, we’re here to help.

We also want you to be safe. You’ll notice flags all up and down the beaches (usually by our numerous beach kiosks) that you may not be familiar with. These are a simple beach condition warning system that lets you know the current conditions of the surf, if dangerous undertows or rip currents are expected, or if undesired marine pests are present.

During your activities on the beach, please take notice of these flags and what they mean. We’ve assembled a quick guide for you below. If you have any questions, or for the most up-to-date reports, please feel free to visit us on the beach and ask one of our knowledgeable beach attendants. They will always be aware of the conditions in your area and always have your safety as their top priority.


Conditions are calm but always exercise caution when undertaking any water activity.


Moderate surf is present and strong currents may occur. Be aware of your abilities and don’t take any unnecessary risks.


High surf and strong currents are present. Use extreme caution when entering the water. Rip currents can pull a swimmer out from shore at a surprisingly high speed. Always swim parallel from shore to ‘break the grip of the rip’ before attempting to swim back toward shore.

Double Red

Water is closed to the public. Swimming and entrance is prohibited.


Dangerous marine life is present. In most cases this might mean an excess of jellyfish have come close to shore and in very rare instances predatory activity has been sighted.

Enjoy the sun, sand and surf, but please be aware of your environment while you do it. We want you to come back and experience our area again and again. Exercising common sense and knowing what to look for will help ensure you have the best experience possible. And of course, we’re always here to help.

Have you ever been caught in a rip current or encountered dangerous marine life? Tell us about your experience below!