Do You Know How to Survive a Rip Current at the Beach?

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Anyone who likes to visit the beach should take a few minutes out of their day to refresh their knowledge about rip currents. As NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) explains, a rip current is “a narrow, fast-moving channel of water that starts near the beach and extends offshore through the line of breaking waves.” And for some, getting caught in the current can turn deadly.

As Samsung Australia says, beachgoers might perceive a rip current as a calm-looking place to swim, and once they notice they’re being dragged far out from the shore, they don’t know what to do. If someone tries to swim directly to sandy beach while inside a rip current, they’ll tire out quickly and won’t get far.

When the panic of trying to make it to safety sets in, it can be difficult to remember the important tip of swimming parallel to the shore first to get out of the current in order to float or swim back to shore. In a video by Cape Town Guy, one can see a birds eye view of what a rip current looks like and how a couple of surfers were able to pull them out by moving parallel before coming to shore.

It can be helpful to anyone who loves to swim in the ocean to review the following video to cement basic knowledge of rip currents, so it’s easier to remember when things get rough.