1st December - 31st March in Cape Town every year.
Each beach must have at least one board in place containing relevant information, including the local ecosystem, bathing water quality information updated at least once per month and an explanation of the data, information about Blue Flag, code of conduct for the beach, life saving hours and emergency contact numbers. In addition at least 5 environmental education activities, which promote the aims of the Blue Flag, must be offered.
The beach and surrounding area, including paths and parking areas must be clean and maintained at all times, waste disposal bins must be available by the beach and regularly maintained and emptied, facilities for receiving recyclables must be available, adequate and clean sanitary facilities, regulations concerning all domestic animals must be enforced, building and equipment must be properly maintained and sustainable means of transport must be promoted
It is recommended that there are suitably qualified and easily recognisable lifeguards on duty (with appropriate first aid station and lifesaving equipment), especially on beaches with a high number of visitors. The number of lifeguards on duty can vary over the Blue Flag season. There must be management of different users on the beach to prevent conflict and accidents, for instance sea craft must be separated from swimmers by means of marker bouys, different activities on the beach must be clearly zoned and consideration should also be given to noise nuisance. An emergency plan including waste spills, algal blooms etc. must be in place. There must be safe access to the beach and the beaches must be patrolled. A supply of potable water must be available on the beach and a map of the beach indicating different activities must be displayed.