How to survive rip currents and other drowning hazards

1. Know how to recognize a rip current: A rip current is a narrow isolated channel of water that is flowing away from the shore. These currents typically occur along areas of the beach where there is an interruption to the sandbar, such as near jetties or piers.

2. Swim parallel to the shore: The best way to escape a rip current is to swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current and can then safely make your way back to shore.

3. Remain calm: Stay calm and conserve your energy. Don’t panic and try to fight the current, as this can make the situation worse.

4. Float or tread water: In some cases, it may be beneficial to float on your back or tread water in the same place until the current fades away. You should also be aware of the potential for other hazards such as offshore winds or waves.

5. Don’t swim alone: It’s always a good idea to ensure you have a buddy or two when swimming in the ocean to make sure you are both safe.

6. Be aware of the signs: Look out for signs on the beach which warn swimmers about possible rip currents and other dangers.

7. Look out for lifeguards: Make sure to find out where your nearest lifeguard station is before heading out to the beach. If you get into trouble, the lifeguards will be able to help and provide extra safety.