Do You Know How to Swim Free from a Rip Current?

Written by on June 2, 2013 in Other News
Aerial view of a rip current.

Aerial view of a rip current. Photo credit: NOAA.

NOAA and the 33 Sea Grant Programs have teamed up to designate the first full week of every June as “Rip Current Awareness Week.”

Rip currents are associated with about 100 drowning deaths every year, but the real problem isn’t the current, it’s the way we react to them. The current can be very strong and many people panic but if you stay calm and know what to do, you’ll be just fine.

In honor of Rip Current Awareness Week (June 2-8) educate yourself about rip currents to make sure you stay safe. Check out this great post from California Sea Grant news to learn a little more about rip currents and find out how to stay safe at the beach: Break the Grip of the Rip.

And watch the following video to learn more.

Copyright © 2013 by Marine Science Today, a publication of Marine Science Today LLC.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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