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  • Out to Sea: Rip Tides

  • A rip tide, or undertow, is a small but strong channel of water moving out to sea. Rip tides are characterized by darker, deeper and foamier water, sometimes with floating debris. The area where the rip is is usually calm with a rippled surface and smaller waves.

    Rip tips:

    If you get caught in a rip tide, 

    • Stay calm, and do not swim directly against it. 
    • If you are a strong swimmer, swim parallel to shore until you are past the current, and then swim toward the shore. 
    • If you are a weak swimmer, signal to the lifeguard and either float with the current or continue to tread water until help arrives.

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