Tag: Beach Safety

Beware of Dangerous Rip Currents!


Jun 16, 2017 8:14 am

Rip currents are strong and often very localized currents can carry unsuspecting swimmers out to sea. The currents usually move at 1 to 2 feet per second, but stronger ones can pull at 8 feet per second.

Learn how to spot a rip current. Look for:

  • A channel of choppy water.

 

  • An area with a different color than the rest of the water, often gray or brownish in color.

 

  • A line of foam, seaweed or debris that’s moving out to sea.

 

  • A break in the incoming waves.

 

Always try to avoid rip currents by following these safety precautions: 

 

  • Swim at a lifeguard-protected beach.

 

  • Talk to the lifeguard on duty about ocean conditions for the day.

 

  • Learn how to float before you venture ankle-deep into the ocean.

 

If you find yourself caught in a rip … continue reading »


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