Angle Of Waves Hitting The Shore Is A Good Visual Clue
If you’re at the ocean and worried about rip currents, here’s an easy tip on how to spot them from the beach.
Look at the direction of the waves. If they are coming into shore at a sideways angle, then that’s a rip current.
Do not enter the water in this area. The water will pull you out, you’ll wind up fighting your way to try and get back to shore, will wear yourself out and hopefully will be rescued by a lifeguard.
I know this because it happened to me. I was rescued. He dropped me to the beach where I lay down exhausted for several minutes, and before I had the chance to thank him, sprinted back in the water to save another person.
To say I was – and remain – impressed is an understatement.
Later, I consulted a friend who knows the water the way I know college football, and he told me about the sideways break.
Another visual is to see if there are a bunch of lifeguards are in the water pulling out swimmers. That may seem obvious but it’s easy to convince yourself “it won’t happen to me.”
Well, it happened to me and I am grateful to the lifeguards. So do them a favor and enter the water away from any trouble.