There is nothing better than the Carolina sunshine warming your skin while you’re at the beach. You’re ready to make memories playing in the saltwater and building sandcastles with the family. The last thing on your mind is everything that could go wrong, rip currents, jellyfish stings and third degree burns are all things that you need to be prepared for before hitting the sand.
As waves travel from deep to shallow water, they break near the shoreline. When waves break strongly in some locations and weakly in others, this can cause circulation cells which are seen as rip currents: narrow, fast-moving belts of water traveling offshore. According to the United States Lifesaving Association over 100 people die each year due to rip currents. If you find yourself caught in a rip current, remember these tips.
- Remain calm and don’t fight the current.
- Fighting the current will get you nowhere and will deplete your energy fast, instead of fighting the current, swim parallel to the shore.
- Once out of the current, swim back to shore at an angle following the breaking waves.
- If you feel like you are unable to swim, draw attention to yourself by yelling and waving your arms while you float.
- Jetties and piers often cause permanent rip currents, stay at least 100 feet from these structures to avoid getting caught in the current.
- Before headed to the beach always remember to check the local weather for rip current advisories.
Watch this video by Ocean Today for more information on Rip Currents
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