For your safety, be aware of the danger of rip currents and remember the following:
If you are caught in a rip current, stay calm and don’t fight the current.
Swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current. Once you are free, turn and swim toward shore.
If you can't swim to the shore, float or tread water until you are free of the rip current and then head toward shore.
If you feel you can’t make it to the shore, draw attention to yourself by waving and calling for help.
Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties. Permanent rip currents often exist near these structures.
If someone is in trouble in the water, get help from a lifeguard.
If a lifeguard is not available, have someone call 9-1-1. Throw the victim something that floats – a lifejacket, cooler, inflatable ball and yell instructions on how to escape the current.
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