It amazes me how many people don't know how to free themselves from the rip or undertow.
1. First rule of thumb, DON'T PANIC!
2. Swim parallel to the shore until you're free of the current. They're rarely over 100 feet wide--so you need only get to the side of the rip current to escape it. You will wind up no more than 100-150 feet down the beach from where you entered the water.
3. Once you're free of the current, swim diagonally back to shore. Swimming straight back in may bring you back into the current. You may be some distance from shore at this point, so stop & rest or float, then continue your swim in to the shore.
If you cannot swim well or begin to panic, float on your back or tread water, do not attempt to fight the current!
BE SAFE OUT THERE! Happy beaching!
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