Always Swim At A Patrolled Beach And Between The Red And Yellow Flags!
A rip current is a strong, localised, and narrow current of water which moves directly away from the shore, cutting through the lines of breaking waves
How to Identify a Rip:-
1- Deeper, darker coloured water
Once waves hit the shore they have to go somewhere. The huge force of the water rushing back out to sea carves channels between shallower areas of sand.
2- Fewer breaking waves
The rip areas where water is on its way out – via the deeper channels – won’t have as many incoming breaking waves as the areas where the white-foam-tipped waves are cresting and breaking over sand.
3- A rippled surface surrounded by still water
Various currents heading in different directions push against one another, creating a ripple effect.
What to do if you’re caught in a rip:-
Always swim at a patrolled beach and between the red and yellow flags.
Remember rips don’t drag you underwater but they do pull you out, across or around an area of water at speeds of nearly ten feet per second—far too fast for you to try swimming back to the beach.
The most important thing is to calm and consider your options.
Panic leads to fatigue, which leads to drowning.
The second thing is, don’t swim against the rip.
Float!! This will allow you to conserve energy.
While you’re floating, raise your arm in the air and call out to seek help from life savers.
Float and let the rip current eventually dissapate.
Then try swimming parallel to the beach towards breaking waves heading to shore.
If you try this tactic and the current is too strong, go back to floating, swimming, floating. Conserve your energy. Call for help. Stay calm.
So before a swim:- stop, look and take a few minutes to identify a rip or hazard.
Always find a patrolled beach because the red and yellow flags mark the safest place to swim.
Have a plan and know the actions needed to survive as this knowledge could save your life.