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Danger In Our Beaches… Rip Tides

By :Margie Chavez 0 comments
Danger In Our Beaches… Rip Tides

Now that Spring is around the corner and many people are headed back to the beaches, it is important to keep safety in mind.  The aqua blue water and white powder beaches don’t seem like there is danger lurking right beneath the water.  The biggest threat to life in the ocean is not what people may think.  Its not sharks.. Its rip tides and they are real and claim many lives during this time of the year due to weather changes.  Below are some life saving tips.  Remember to only swim when there are lifeguards on duty and always keep your eye on children.

A rip tide is a strong, narrow current of water that flows away from the shore and can be dangerous for swimmers. Here are some steps you can take to survive a rip tide:

  1. Remain calm: The most important thing is to stay calm and not panic. Panicking will only make it harder for you to swim to safety.
  2. Don't fight the current: Trying to swim against the rip tide will only tire you out and make it harder for you to escape. Instead, swim parallel to the shore until you're out of the current.
  3. Look for landmarks: Try to identify landmarks along the shore that can help you gauge your progress and determine if you're moving away from the rip tide.
  4. Wave for help: If you're unable to swim to safety, try to attract the attention of others on the beach by waving your arms and shouting for help.
  5. Keep yourself afloat: If you're tired and can't swim, try to stay afloat by floating on your back and conserving your energy.

It's important to be aware of the dangers of rip tides and to always swim in designated areas and with a buddy if possible. Additionally, always pay attention to beach safety signs and flags, and listen to the advice of lifeguards.

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