Rip Current: Protect Yourself to Save Others

Rip Current: Protect Yourself to Save Others


If you get caught in a rip current you want
to know your options. The first thing is to relax, rip currents
won’t pull you under, they will just pull you away from shore. If you can, swim out of the current along
the beach and then back to shore at an angle following the breaking waves. If you can’t escape, float or tread water
while you wave and call for help on shore. But you’ll also want to know your options
if you are on shore and see someone caught in a rip current who needs help. First, stay calm and take 10 seconds to think
through your options. Alert lifeguards or someone on the beach. If there is no one to help, call 911. Look for a flotation device or anything that
floats and see if you can get it to the person without entering the water. If you must enter the water, remember to ALWAYS
take a flotation device. All too often, someone attempting to make
the rescue without the proper training and equipment is the one who drowns. Don’t be a victim. Protect yourself so you can protect others. Remember to always be aware of potential hazards
and that ocean conditions can change quickly. And if possible, swim near a lifeguard. If you make sure to know your options before
you head to the beach, you’ll be prepared for hazardous rip currents so you and your
loved ones stay safe.

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