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Rip Current Awareness Week: June 7-13, 2015
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How to Avoid Getting Caught in a Rip Current

  • Check water conditions before going in by looking at the local beach forecast before you leave for the beach and talking to the lifeguard at the beach.
  • Only swim at a beach with lifeguards. The chances of drowning at a beach with lifeguards are 1 in 18 million (U.S. Lifeguards Association).
  • Don't assume! Great weather for the beach does not always mean its safe to swim or even play in the shallows. Rip currents often form on calm, sunny days.
  • Learn how to spot a rip current. The Break the Grip of the Rip free online training will help you learn how to spot a rip current.

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