Rip Currents: Rip Current - Survival Tips

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What can people do if caught in a rip current?

If caught in a rip current:

  • Try to remain calm to conserve energy
  • Don’t fight the current
  • Think of it like a treadmill you can’t turn off. You want to step to the side of it
  • Swim across the current in a direction following the shoreline
  • When out of the current, swim and angle away from the current and towards shore
  • If you can’t escape this, try to fl oat, or calmly tread water. Rip current strength eventually subsides offshore. When it does, swim toward shore
  • If at any time you feel you will be unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself: face the shore, wave your arms, and yell for help