It's a rush!
What is a rip current?
A rip current is a rush of water that flows rapidly back to sea through a narrow opening.
Rip Current facts.
Rip currents can be found in both lakes and oceans. Rip currents move up to 8 feet per second. That's faster than an olimpic swimmer. Panicked swimmers often put themselves at risk of drowning when trying to counter rip currents. Lifeguards save tens of thousends of swimmers from rip currents each year. 100 swimmers are killed from rip currents annually. Is you are cought in a rip current don't fight it. Swim parallel to the shore and swim at an angle. This makes it easier to swim. Although they are similar terms rip tides and rip currents are not the same thing.