Rip Currents

What is a Rip Current?

Rip currents are powerful currents of water moving away from shore. They can sweep even the strongest swimmer away from shore. If at all possible, swim near a lifeguard.

What Do You Do If You Get Caught In a Rip Current?

  • Relax, rip currents don’t pull you under.
  • Don’t swim against the current.
  • Swim out of the current, then to shore.
  • If you can’t escape, float or tread water.
  • If you need help, yell or wave for assistance.

Swim Safe!

  • Know how to swim.
  • Never swim alone.
  • If in doubt, don’t go out.
  • Swim near a lifeguard.

For more information, visit the National Weather Service or the United States Lifesaving Association