We are a sea side community. It is important to know the water you swim in. Read these guidelines regarding Riptides and how to save yourself:
How to Avoid & Survive Rip Currents:
1. Don’t panic and fight the current. Swim out of the current in a direction following the shoreline. When out of the current, swim towards shore.
2. If you are unable to swim out of the rip current, float or calmly tread water. When out of the current, swim towards
3. If you are still unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself: face the shore, wave your arms, and yell for help.
What to Do If You See Someone Else Caught In a Rip Current:
1. If available, notify a lifeguard or have someone call 911 with accurate landmark.
2. Do Not Enter the Water. Many people drown trying to save someone else from a riptide current.
3. Throw them a flotation device.
4. Try not to lose sight of the victim.
Of course, the best way to avoid a rip current is to know the surf conditions before entering the water and memorize the flag alert system.