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How to survive beach rip currents

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Uploaded on Dec 18, 2008

Dr Rip - http://www.bees.unsw.edu.au/rob-brander
SOS website - http://scienceofthesurf.com
Essential Beach Book - http://scienceofthesurf.com/book.html


Rip currents are by far the greatest hazard to beach swimmers. This national award-winning video shows what rip currents are, how to spot and avoid rips, what to do if you get stuck in a rip, and it introduces you to some different types of rips.

A rip current is a strong, narrow and channelized flow of water flowing seaward from the shore. Rips can occur on any beach where waves are breaking across a wide surf zone.

They are often incorrectly called 'undertow' and 'rip tide' which are false. Also, rips do not pull you under the water and they are not a tide.

Rip currents typically flow faster than people can swim so it's important not to get stuck in them in the first place - always swim where there are lifeguards.
If you do get caught in a rip, don't swim against it. Use your energy to stay afloat and signal for help by raising your arm whenever you can. If no-one is around, slowly make your way to the side of the rip where the waves are breaking and it's shallower.
Overall you have to accept that you'll be taken a little further out to sea before you can get back to the beach.
More information on rips can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rip_cur...

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