How do I know if a rip current is present?
- A channel of churning, choppy water.
- A difference in water color.
- A line of foam moving seaward.
- A break in the incoming wave pattern.
What if I am caught in a rip current?
- Stay calm.
- Do not try to swim against the current.
- Escape the current by swimming in a direction parallel to shore.
- If you are unable to escape by swimming, float or tread water. When the current weakens, swim at an angle away from the current toward shore.
- If at any time you feel you will be unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself; face the shore, call or wave for help.
What are some safety tips?
- Learn how to swim at your local pool before swimming at the beach.
- Never swim alone.
- Always swim near an open lifeguard station.
- Check with the lifeguard before entering the water to be made aware of any unsafe conditions.
How do I help someone else?
- Do not become a victim while trying to help someone else! Many people have died in efforts to rescue rip current victims.
- Get help from a lifeguard.
- If a lifeguard is not present, yell instructions on how to escape.
- If possible, throw the rip current victim something that floats.
Call 9-1-1 for further assistance.