The beach is a dynamic, ever-changing environment, and Phillip Island's beaches are no exception. Although it can be very fun, it can also be unpredictable and dangerous to people who are unaware of the hazards. That’s why lifeguards who understand the beach use a system of flags and signs to advise the people who visit with the things they need to know.
The most important flags on the beach are the red and yellow flags. These show the supervised area of the beach and that a lifesaving service is operating. If there are no red and yellow flags, you should not go swimming.
We highly recommended members of the public swim between the red and yellow flags during patrolled hours.
There are many myths about the ocean, but rips are the number one hazard on Australian beaches. Avoid rips by swimming at a patrolled beach between the red and yellow flags. For more information on rips, click here.
Please note - Cowes Foreshore is a low-wave beach.