1 Before you enter the sea, you should always seek out local information about rip currents. Ask someone who’s from the area or look for signs placed by the council or the R.N.L.I. It’s important that if there are any permanent rip currents that you know about them.
2 Know how to spot a rip current.
Rip currents can be distinguished by darker and deeper areas of water with fewer breaking waves. They are often a murky sandy colour, sometimes containing debris like seaweed.
3 What to do if you find yourself in a rip current.
If you think you’re in a rip current, it’s extremely important not to panic. If you have a surfboard or body board with you, hold on to it! This float might save your life.
If you can, make your way across the rip (parallel to the beach). Never try and go directly against the current/ straight towards the beach as this will tire you out.
If you’re already too tired then you need assistance quick, wave one arm and shout for help.
If you spot anyone in trouble at the beach, don’t hesitate to call 999 and ask for the coastguard.
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