Rip Currents are a frequent
phenomena on our beaches and are potentially deadly to the expert
and novice swimmer alike!
What is a Rip Current?
A Rip Current is a current of water that moves away from the shore
and out to sea. A Rip Current can range in width from 50 feet to 50
yards and can flow hundreds of yards offshore.
Most Surf Rescues are a result
of people getting caught in a Rip Current!
How do I recognize a Rip
A Rip Current may be recognized by it's foamy & choppy surface.
The water may also appear dirty from the churned up sand. Waves usually
do not break as readily in a Rip Current as in adjacent water.
When & Where do Rip Currents
Rip Currents can appear ANYWHERE along the beach on INCOMING and OUTGOING
tides. Rip Currents are more commonly found off beach approaches and
other low points along the beach.
I do if I'm Caught in a Rip Current?
DO NOT PANIC!
A Rip Current is not an "undertow" - it will not pull you
under. DO NOT attempt to swim against the current. Instead,
swim parallel to the shore until you are clear of the Rip Current,
then swim toward the shore. If you are too tired to swim, shout or
wave for help and attempt to relax and float.
PANIC IS THE KILLER!