The seas on the South and West coast of Barbados are much more calm and have few waves. Whereas, the sea on the East coast is considered dangerous, as there are many currents and rip tides. We would suggest that if you are interested in swimming on the East coast that you ask a local or lifeguard where it is safe to swim and to keep within a depth that you can stand and control yourself.
Not all beaches on the island have lifeguards on duty so you need to be careful when swimming. If you see yellow flags on the beach, it means to proceed with caution. If you see red flags on the beach, this is a warning that the sea is very dangerous and we strongly suggest that you stay out of it.