How to Avoid Getting Caught in a Rip Current
- Check water conditions before going in by looking at the local beach forecast before you leave for the beach and talking to the lifeguard at the beach.
- Only swim at a beach with lifeguards. The chances of drowning at a beach with lifeguards are 1 in 18 million (U.S. Lifesaving Association).
- Don't assume! Great weather for the beach does not always mean it's safe to swim or even play in the shallows. Rip currents often form on calm, sunny days.
- Learn how to spot a rip current. The Break the Grip of the Rip free online training will help you learn how to spot a rip current.
- What are scientists doing to keep swimmers safer? Find out in this video: Predict the Rip
- Rip currents aren't the only deadly beach hazard. Learn more about dangerous waves and other hazards and why you should never to turn your back on the ocean.