What are rip currents?

Rip currents are channelized currents of water flowing away from shore at surf beaches. They typically form at breaks in sandbars, and also near structures such as jetties and piers. These currents are commonly found on all surf beaches, including Great Lakes beaches. Learn more about rip currents.

Rip Current

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1. What are rip currents?
2. Why are rip currents dangerous?
3. How do I know if a rip current is present?
4. What do I do if I'm caught in a rip current?
5. How do I help someone else?
6. Where can I get more information?