Rip Current Safety
Avoiding Rip Currents
The best advice is to avoid rip currents altogether. To reduce the likelihood of getting caught in a rip current, you need to:
- Always swim between the red and yellow flags
- Observe all safety signs
- Obey all instructions from the surf lifesavers and lifeguards
- Understand what a rip current is
- Know how to spot rip currents and look for the common signs; deeper, darker water and fewer breaking waves.
- Do not swim in or near a rip current
You can survive rip currents by knowing your options:
- To avoid rip currents, always swim between the red and yellow flags.
- If you need help; stay calm, float, and raise an arm to attract attention.
- To escape a rip, swim parallel to the beach.
- Always conserve your energy, the waves can assist you back to the beach.
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