How to Escape a Rip Current
If you’re reading this right now, you are not caught in a rip current, but you should want to learn how to work your way out before it is too late. A riptide consists of a current that is pulling you out to see and you cannot escape it.
First off, if you are getting sucked out, do not try to swim against it the same way you came from. It’s like trying to run through an escalator moving at 35mph, it probably won’t end well and you will end up exhausted.
- Call for help if you can, as the lifeguards have jet skis and boards.
- Swim parallel to sore as this will help you avoid the pull of the tide (similar to walking around the treadmill before heading out). Usually riptides are less than 100 feet wide.
- If you can’t escape the rip, float on your back until the rip current subsides then swim parallel to shore to make sure you won’t get sucked back in as a result.
- Swim back to shore. No further explanation needed.