Beaches are awarded the Blue Flag based on compliance with 33 criteria covering the following:
1) Environmental Education and Information
2) Water Quality
3) Environmental Management
4) Safety and Services
All Blue Flags are awarded for one season at a time.
If the criteria are not fulfilled during the season or the conditions change, the Blue Flag may be withdrawn.
You can download FEE's detailed explination of the criteria here:
Beach criteria in detail (pdf)