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Rip Current Safety

Rip current awareness

Rip Current Safety Chart (Click to Enlarge)

Stay safe at the beach this summer and know the signs of a rip current.

Rip Current:?“A small-scale surf-zone current moving away from the beach.? Rip currents form as waves disperse along the beach causing water to become trapped between the beach and a sandbar or other underwater feature.? The converges into a narrow, river-like channel moving away from the shore at high speed.”

Although rip currents are not always obviously visible,? there are indicators to help you spot rip currents:

  • A channel of churning or choppy water
  • A line of sea foam, seaweed, or debris moving steadily out to sea
  • Different colored water beyond the surf zone
  • A break in the incoming wave pattern as waves roll onshore.

General characteristics of a rip current are shown in the photographs below:


Rip current Example 1

Rip Current Example 1 (Click To Enlarge)

Rip current Example 3

Rip Current Example 2 (Click To Enlarge)

Rip current Example 2

Rip Current Example 3 (Click To Enlarge)

?What to do if caught in a rip current:

  • Stay calm
  • Swim along the shoreline, then on an angle back to shore
  • If unable to swim along the shore and out of rip current stay floating in rip current.? Eventually the pull will dissipate.? Turn around face shore, wave and yell for help.

Watch this Rip Current Awareness video:

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