Rip Current

courtesy off: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ripcurrents/photos.shtml

courtesy off: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ripcurrents/photos.shtml

Sun, surf and fun, this is what we associate with summer vacations.

 

However, only a few of us know enough about the greatest danger of the beach – rip currents.

 

Just about every beach has rip currents.

 

I remember being a little child when I saw a rip current near by, while playing in the beautiful water of the Black Sea. I didn’t know what it was called, but I got a very creepy feeling about it.  I didn’t know how to swim, back then, nor did I know what I now know about rip currents.

A recent news article reported on a dozen drowning deaths at US beaches, all within two weeks, caused by rip currents. 1

 

Do you know what a rip current is?

 

Do you know how to spot it?

 

Do you know what to do to maximize your chances of surviving a rip current if you happen to be caught in one?

 

In many cases surviving rip current is just a matter of education.

 

Below is the best educational video I found about rip currents.

 

 

Here is a short summary:

 

1) Your best bet is to swim on a beach with a lifeguard present. Many lifeguards suggest talking to them about rip currents before entering the water.

2) Darker calmer water may indicate a rip current

3) If you are in the water above your knees and feel a strong pull, this could be an indication that a rip current is near by.

4) If caught in a rip current the first thing to remember is DON’T PANIC, you don’t need to be a great swimmer to survive a rip current.

5) Raise your hand to signal the lifeguard for help.

6) Just float, go with a flow or swim perpendicular to the rip.

7) Educate yourself and your family about rip currents – it could save lives.

 

If you find this article useful, then share it with friends and family.

 

If you have something to add then please post a comment below.

 

Be Safe and enjoy your summer :)

 


 

1 http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/07/16/4168200/2-seriously-hurt-in-rough-surf.html

Rip current photo above is courtesy of http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ripcurrents/photos.shtml

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