6 Tips On How To Avoid Getting Caught in a Rip Current

cape cod genericWhat would you do if you were caught in a rip current?

The following six tips come from the National Weather Service.

These tips should be reviewed before going into the water.

  1. Check water conditions before going in by looking at the local beach forecast before you leave for the beach and talking to the lifeguard at the beach.
  2. Only swim at a beach with lifeguards. The chances of drowning at a beach with lifeguards are 1 in 18 million (U.S. Lifesaving Association).
  3. Don’t assume! Great weather for the beach does not always mean it’s safe to swim or even play in the shallows. Rip currents often form on calm, sunny days.
  4. Learn how to spot a rip current. The Break the Grip of the Rip free online training will help you learn how to spot a rip current.
  5. What are scientists doing to keep swimmers safer? Find out in this video: Predict the Rip
  6. Rip currents aren’t the only deadly beach hazard. Learn more about dangerous waves and other hazards and why you should never to turn your back on the ocean.