What do I do if I'm caught in a rip current?
  1. Relax, rip currents don't pull you under.
  2. Don't swim against the current.
  3. Follow the shoreline. You may be able to escape by swimming out of the current in a direction following the shoreline, or toward breaking waves, then at an angle toward the beach.

You may be able to escape by floating or treading water if the current circulates back toward shore. If you feel you will be unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself. If you need help, yell and wave for assistance.

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1. What are rip currents?
2. Why are rip currents dangerous?
3. How do I know if a rip current is present?
4. What do I do if I'm caught in a rip current?
5. How do I help someone else?
6. Where can I get more information?