How do I know if a rip current is present?

You can identify a rip current if you see:

  • A narrow gap of darker, seemingly calmer water between areas of breaking waves and whitewater.
  • A channel of churning, choppy water.
  • A difference in watercolor.
  • A line of foam, seaweed, or debris moving seaward.

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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?