How to survive in a rip current – swim elsewhere, or stay calm …
Firstly its best to be able to identify a rip and not swim there – You’ll see less waves… that region might look a little bit murky because the water’s moving so quickly, or there will be a lot of sand. It will often be where the surfers are paddling out as thats the fast way to the break. SLSA provides info in the video here on how to identify a rip.
It’s obviously safest to swim on a patrolled beach, as the flags will be set up in a location that has a good swimming area and will try and avoid the rip and any tow. While swimming, occasionally look back to the flags to make sure you are still swimming in the safe zone as you can be gradually pulled away from this area.
If you do get caught in the rip – DON’T PANIC.
According to Belinda Hartmann (Patrol Captain Jeppesen Patrol), “staying calm” will save your life. “Rips don’t drown people. People drown in rips… You’re best off just conserving your energy, and floating with the rip.”
Check out more of Belinda’s tips here https://www.mamamia.com.au/how-to-get-out-of-a-rip/