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.
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