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How to Spot and Avoid Rip Currents

Started by Started by: Bill_W
Web linkWeb:http://www.ripcurrents.co.uk
Following the tragic events on the beaches nr Newquay, Cornwall, last weekend, I decided to do a bit of research and self education on Rip Currents, a topic I've not yet encountered on any surfing course.

Lots of good information here from a collaboration between RNLI and University of Plymouth.

Wow, its counter intuitive that the greatest risk to bathers is in small to medium size waves, at or near low tide. The video's charting "drifter" measurements, really shows the types of currents well, in different conditions, at the same location. Sometimes circular, other times an exit/rip current going straight out to sea.

I'm happy to share this link. Anything to raise awareness and better understanding of the risks, is a step towards safer time on the beaches.

Last updated: 29/10/14 07:54 By: Bill_W
Views: 674

Added by Yannis on 29/10/14

Excellent info!

Added by emma on 29/10/14

Really good website with lots of pictures so brings the picture home. Interesting that most/many rip currents will bring you back in if you just go with the flow!

Added by Heather on 31/10/14

Interesting info

Added by johng on 31/10/14

Wow, most enlightening website. I shall be looking for rips, largely because they represent a free ride through the break!! The interesting points for me are that they are frequent and numerous, and that they are most active at low tide and small/medium waves. Recommended study!