Rip Current Safety


As Summer quickly approaches an end, many families are getting that last beach trip in before life returns to reality. Myrtle Beach’s lively atmosphere and warm waters are the perfect place.

Now that Summer is full-fledge the water is warmer which may cause the tides to be more aggressive than normal. During this season riptide safety is much more critical. Here I am going to give you tips on how to utilize riptide safety and what to do if you become caught in one.

First, a rip current is a powerful, narrow current of water that occurs near beaches with breaking waves. Many people can spot a riptide. They are usually further in the water and resemble what we call surfers catching a wave.

To practice riptide safety, one of the first things you can do is check the local weather forecast before visiting the beach. Many news stations located near the beach give tourists and locals alike information on wave heights, strengths, and potential storms.

Another safety tip when dealing with riptides is how to survive during one. Swimming near lifeguards or within their line of sight is always the best option when swimming on the beach. If you are caught in a riptide and are an average swimmer you should ride the wave or swim parallel with the shore. Fighting a rip current makes your body fight harder to stay afloat and puts you in more danger of drowning or inhaling large amounts of water. 

Whether you are a decent swimmer or have little to no experience, when caught in a rip current you should wave your hand and shout for help. Also, if a friend or loved one is caught in a rip current alert the lifeguards who can better help the person in danger. 

To learn more about rip current safety, please visit National Ocean Service.

-By Tori C McCray, a blog contributor for Garden City Realty


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