Rip currents are the number one cause (82%) of lifeguard rescues. Rip currents are fast-moving channels of water which are both dangerous and deadly.
Those who underestimate and swim into rip currents could lose their lives as a result. Innumerable swimmers get into trouble on an annual basis due to not recognising the risks.
Rip currents tend to move out to ocean and away from the shore — with those caught in one often being swept out beyond their depth, far from the reach of rescuers. The warning signs? Look out for seaweed and debris moving out to sea, patches of discoloured water and tell-tale gaps in the lines of the waves. Caught in a rip current? Don’t panic — swim parallel to the shore to escape the current, before heading back inland at an angle.