Don’t Get Caught Out!
Rips are strong currents running out to sea that can easily take swimmers from shallow water out beyond their depth. Rip currents are particularly powerful in large surf conditions, but they can also be found around man-made structures like marinas, piers and dinghy docks.
Spotting a Rip Current
It is easy to identify a rip current. Here are some common signs to look for:
• Discoloured, brown water (caused by sand being stirred up from the sea bed).
• Foam on the water’s surface.
• A break in the surf line where the waves are not as big.
• A rippled patch of sea, when the water around is generally calm.
• Debris floating out to sea.
Escaping a Rip Current
• The most important thing is to remain calm and try not to panic.
• Keep hold of your body board, surfboard, inflatable and don’t fight the rip current.
• Signal to someone on the beach that you need help by raising your hand and shouting for help.
• Try and swim parallel to the beach until you are out of the rip current, then swim towards the shore.
• Never try and swim directly towards the against the rip. If you can stand up, wade instead of swimming.
Remember: If you see someone in trouble - tell a Lifeguard, call the Police or call VISAR immediately. Tel: 999/911/767