If caught in a rip current, doing either of the following will increase your chances of survival:
- DON’T panic and DON’T swim against the current. Doing either could cost your life.
- Swim parallel to the beach. In other words, if facing the beach, swim either to the left or the right. Rip currents are relatively narrow, and swimming across the current can get you out of the main outward flow of water. The current is simply too fast and strong to swim directly against it. Most people drown because they get exhausted from fighting the current. Just remember the phrases “Don’t Fight, swim Left or Right” or “Swim to the Side to Stay Alive” because these could help save your life.
- Stay calm. Remain afloat and allow the rip current to pull you out until free from the current, then swim back towards the beach at an angle away from the current.
|Beach Warning Flags Defined|