Rip Currents - SLS Beachsafe

THE THINK LINE

We’re drawing the line on rips to make you stop and think before getting in the water. STOP to check for rips. LOOK for other dangers. PLAN how to stay safe.



The Facts about Rip Currents

There are many myths about the ocean, but rips are the number one hazard on Australian beaches. Avoid rips by swimming at a patrolled beach between the red and yellow flags.


How to Spot a Rip Current

Can you spot a rip? Rips can change shape and location quickly and may be difficult to see. Watch this video to learn how to identify a rip and what to look for.



How to Survive a Rip Current

You can escape a rip by knowing your options: Stay calm. Raise an arm to seek help. Float with the current until it releases you. Swim parallel to the shore or towards breaking waves and use them to help you in.


DEREK’S STORY

Derek shares his story of how a rip changed his family and his life forever. If you have a rip-related story that you would like to share, please email rips@slsa.asn.au


SAMANTHA’S STORY

Samantha recalls the day she nearly lost her life after being caught in a rip. If you have a rip-related story that you would like to share, please email rips@slsa.asn.au


HOW TO ESCAPE A RIP CURRENT

This picture demonstrates how to escape a rip current. If you are caught in a rip, stay calm, conserve your energy and use one of these options.