Instructor Saly Haines - Rip N Rock
Thursday, 22 May 2014 08:27

Rip Tides

What are Rip Tides? Rips are strong currents flowing out to sea, the typical speed of a rip is 0.5meters per second but can reach speeds up to 2.5meters per second - which is faster than any human swimmer! They are also found around river mouths, estuaries and man-made structures such as piers. Rip Tides are so strong that if you try swimming agaisnt it, you will just tire youself out.

So what does a Rip Tide look like? Some things to look out for are - foam on the waters surface, rippled patch on the sea where the sea is generally calm and sandy coloured water cause by sand being stirred up from the sea bed.

What happens if you get caught in a Rip Tide? The most important thing to do is to remain calm! Just float with the Rip Tide and get the attention of others who can raise the alarm for help. If you are comfortable in the situation and a good swimmer, you can try swimming parallel to the shore line to escape the Rip Tide. But most importantly remain calm and raise the alarm! Rip Tides are stronger when the sea is rough or on a low tide.

Rip Tides are the cause or about 80% of beach lifeguard rescues. Stay safe and stay in the know. 

Our next #beachsafety blog entry is all about Waves and Tides.

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