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- and pull people away from shore. A rip current may be narrow, or up to over 100-yards wide. 80% of all surf rescues are due to rip currents.
What Does a Rip Current Look Like?
Churning, choppy water
Different water color
Foam or seaweed moving seaward
Break in the wave pattern
What Do You Do If You Get Caught In a Rip Current?
Do not try to swim against the current.
Swim out of the current, then to shore.
Swim back to the shore diagonally (away from where the rip was).