The History of the Red and Yellow

The red and yellow flag was initially used with great success in World War 1 particularly by ships, and when flying at full mast, indicated man overboard and all friendly ships in the vicinity commenced search procedures immediately. On the 25th April 1915, the red and yellow was hoisted to symbolise mate ship on the shores of Gallipoli. In order to ensure that the ANZACS could easily recognise friend from foe, the red and yellow flag was conceived to signal a safe haven for their own.

Upon returning from overseas service, Australian soldiers saw the need to establish a common image in the early 1920’s to represent safe swimming areas on Australian beaches. The red and yellow was born on Australian beaches at the instigation of these men who saw the flag as a representation of years of mate-ship, service and above all, a duty to protect others.

The red and yellow flags have come to be an Australian icon, representing a culture founded on the need to be a true mate and put others first. The red and yellow cap branches from the foundations of the red and yellow flag and ensures that Life Savers are easily identifiable to the public, thereby providing beach-goers with the same security they have when they see the flags flying.



Donations to the North Barrier Branch

If you would like to support the North Barrier Branch of Surf Life Saving QLD and make a Donation please email, and Thank You for your valued contribution to our Branch.