This is a really great topic to be aware of! Especially useful tips include:
– Stay calm to conserve energy
– Knowing that the rip current doesn’t pull you underwater but rather it carries you away from the shore
– Try to move OUT of the current by swimming along the shore until you can swim back to land
– If you can’t immediately swim out of the current, FLOAT or tread water until you can (this helps to conserve energy)
Look at the diagrams in the post to learn to identify when there’s a rip current in the water. Above all STAY SAFE!
It’s beach season and my kids are getting braver with their newly acquired swimming skills but it also made me realize that with their increased water skills and confidence comes increased risks as they venture further into the water and so we’ve been on a but of a mission to learn more about the importance of learning to “read” the ocean in particular the often misnamed rip current (not rip tide).
Why Rip Currents are Dangerous
Rip currents are the leading surf hazard for all beach goers. They are particularly dangerous for weaker or non-swimmers. Rip current speeds are surprisingly fast, typically 1-2 feet per second however, speeds as high as 8 feet per second have been measured–this is faster than Usain Bolt can sprint! So beware rip currents can sweep even the strongest swimmer out to sea.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Over 100 drownings…
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