A few months ago when my parents were visiting we headed to Sullivans Island, SC. A beautiful beach, and a fabulous place to walk! We usually only go to the beach during the off season, when its quiet… but it’s beautiful all year!
If you go be aware of all the signs warning of rip currents… there are rescue attempts all the time for people not heeding those warnings, which puts other lives (friends who jump in to help, rescue workers, etc.) in jeopardy…
Know this before you swim (from the United States Lifesaving Association):
How to Avoid and Survive Rip Currents
Learn how to swim!
|Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Field Research Facility at Duck, NC.
- Never swim alone.
- Be cautious at all times, especially when swimming at unguarded beaches. If in doubt, don’t go out!
- Whenever possible, swim at a lifeguard protected beach.
- Obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards.
- If caught in a rip current, remain calm to conserve energy and think clearly.
- Don’t fight the current. Swim out of the current in a direction following the shoreline. When out of the current, swim towards shore.
- If you are unable to swim out of the rip current, float or calmly tread water. When out of the current, swim towards shore.
- If you are still unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself: face the shore, wave your arms, and yell for help.
- If you see someone in trouble, get help from a lifeguard. If a lifeguard is not available, have someone call 9-1-1 . Throw the rip current victim something that floats and yell instructions on how to escape. Remember, many people drown while trying to save someone else from a rip current.
Catch you back here tomorrow!