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How to protect yourself against rip currents

3 p.m., June 6, 2005

If you are caught in a rip current:

  • Stay calm--don’t fight the current.
  • Escape the current by swimming in a direction following the shoreline. When free of the current, swim at an angle--away from the current--toward shore.
  • If you are unable to escape by swimming, float or tread water. When the current weakens, swim at an angle away from the current toward shore.
  • If at any time you feel you will be unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself: Face the shore, call or wave for help.

How do I help someone else?

  • Don’t become a victim while trying to help someone else! Many people have died in efforts to rescue rip current victims. Get help from a lifeguard.

  • If a lifeguard is not present, yell instructions on how to escape.

  • If possible, throw the rip current victim something that floats.

  • Call 9-1-1 for further assistance.

Before leaving for the beach:

  • Check the latest surf zone forecast on NOAA Weather Radio or online. During beach seasons, a number of National Weather Service offices issue a rip current outlook.

When you arrive at the beach:

  • Speak with on-duty lifeguards about rip currents as well as other surf conditions expected for the day.

General safety tips:

  • Know how to swim.

  • For maximum safety, swim near a lifeguard. Obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards.

  • Be cautious at all times.

  • If in doubt, don’t go out!

  • Never swim alone.

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