Rip Currents

Rip Current Facts
  • Rip currents are channels of water that flow out into the ocean.
  • They can be very strong and move very fast - up to 8 miles an hour.
  • Rips pull people away from shore, but will not pull a person under.
  • A rip current may be narrow, or up to over 100-yards wide.
  • 80% of all surf rescues are due to rip currents.
Link to more information on rip currents from the National Weather Service Link to more information on rip currents from the USLA

What Does a Rip Current Look Like?

  • Churning, choppy water
  • Different water color
  • Foam or seaweed moving seaward
  • Break in the wave pattern

What To Do If You Get Caught In a Rip Current

  • Don’t panic.
  • Do not try to swim against the current.
  • Swim along the shoreline to get out of the rip.
  • Swim back to the shore diagonally (away from where the rip was).
  • Wave for help if you are in trouble.
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