Rip Currents, what they are and how to stay safe
📅 June 28, 2022•
⏱️ 1 min read
David RodriguezLifeguard & Fire Fighter
When you are at the beach and going into the water you should always check with a lifeguard to find the safest spot in the water for you. Rip currents are very dangerous and should be avoided when you are at the beach. A rip current is basically water moving quickly from the shore back out to sea.
- Rip currents are murky, choppy, and sandy parts of water. There may be whitewater, foam, or even seaweed moving in a column out to sea.
- If you get caught moving out to sea in a rip current: do not panic, swim sideways (parallel) to shore. Do not try and swim straight into shore against the current. You will be able to float and if you have a boogie board or surfboard stay on top.
- Wave and shout for help if able and a lifeguard will come help you.
- If you find yourself near a distressed swimmer (from a rip current or otherwise) passing them flotation like a boogie board or surfboard is helpful.
- Never try to help someone else in distress yourself. The chances of making yourself another victim are high.