Rip Safety

An ocean rip

As summer fast approaches and the water looks more and more enticing, take extra precaution in regard to rips.

Do you know how to avoid a rip? Whilst it may seem easy, identifying a rip can be rather difficult!

Rips are also very dangerous and getting stuck in one is a very common occurrence for beach go-ers.

Take your keen eyes and follow our handy list and you’ll be able to spot a rip next time you’re out having fun in the sun!

Look for:

  • Calm water beneath waves.
  • Murky, sandy or discoloured water.
  • A rippled surface enclosed by smooth waters.

If you weren’t lucky enough to spot a rip and find yourself caught in one, you’ll likely be pushed far away from sure. 

  • Strong swimmers: Swim parallel to shore or towards breaking waves and use them to help you in.
  • Unconfident swimmers: Float on your back and wave a closed fist in the air to seek help.

    Above all, the best thing you can do is to swim between the flags!

    Stay safe this summer and pass these tips along – looking out for your friends and family could be a lifesaver.

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