Swimming at the Beach this Summer? Watch Out for Riptides

Dated: June 8 2022

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Swimming at the Beach this Summer? Watch Out for Riptides

Swimming at the beach in Clearwater, St. Pete beach and throughout Florida is a lot of fun, but it also has some risks. One of these is riptides or ripcurrents. So do you know what to do?

Here are some tips from The National Weather Service on what to do!

  • 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. Lifesaving Association).

  • Don't assume! Great weather for the beach does not always mean it's safe to swim or even play in the shallows. Rip currents often form on calm, sunny days.

  • Rip currents aren't the only deadly beach hazard. Learn more about dangerous waves and other hazards and why you should never to turn your back on the ocean. 

Want information on other hazards that you could come across and how to avoid them? Check out this link: https://www.weather.gov/safety/beachhazard

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Stephanie Harris

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