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How to survive beach rip currents?

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Science of the Surf Playlist:

Rip currents are by far the greatest hazard to beach swimmers.

This national award-winning video shows what rip currents are, how to spot and avoid rips, what to do if you get stuck in a rip, and it introduces you to some different types of rips.

A rip current is a strong, narrow and channelized flow of water flowing seaward from the shore. Rips can occur on any beach where waves are breaking across a wide surf zone.

They are often incorrectly called ‘undertow’ and ‘rip tide’ which are false. Also, rips do not pull you under the water and they are not a tide.

Rip currents typically flow faster than people can swim so it’s important not to get stuck in them in the first place – always swim where there are lifeguards.

If you do get caught in a rip, don’t swim against it.

Use your energy to stay afloat and signal for help by raising your arm whenever you can.

If no-one is around, slowly make your way to the side of the rip where the waves are breaking and it’s shallower.

Overall you have to accept that you’ll be taken a little further out to sea before you can get back to the beach.


Dr Rip –
SOS website –
Essential Beach Book –

More information on rips can be found at

Ciência do Surf Playlist:

Correntes de retorno são, de longe o maior perigo para os nadadores de praia.

Este vídeo premiado nacional mostra o que rasgar correntes são, como identificar e evitar rasgos, o que fazer se você ficar preso em um rasgo, e apresenta-lhe alguns tipos diferentes de rasgos.

Uma corrente rip é um fluxo forte, estreito e canalizado de água que flui ao largo da costa. Rips pode ocorrer em qualquer praia onde as ondas estão quebrando através de uma zona de arrebentação de largura.
Eles são muitas vezes incorretamente chamado ‘ressaca’ e ‘rasgão maré “, que são falsas. Além disso, rasgos não puxá-lo sob a água e eles não são uma maré.
correntes de retorno normalmente fluem mais rápido do que as pessoas podem nadar por isso é importante para não ficar preso neles em primeiro lugar – sempre nadar, onde há salva-vidas.

Se você ficar preso em um rasgo, não nadar contra ela.

Use sua energia para se manter à tona e sinalizar para obter ajuda, aumentando o seu braço sempre que puder.

Se ninguém está por perto, lentamente, fazer o seu caminho para o lado do rip onde as ondas estão quebrando e é mais raso.

Em geral, você tem que aceitar que você será levado um pouco mais para o mar antes de poder voltar para a praia.

Assine a UNSWTV:

Dr Rip –
SOS website –
Essential Beach Book –

Mais informações sobre rasgos podem ser encontradas em




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How to survive beach rip currents?


  1. murshipp000 on 23/08/2015 at 8:26 am

    very helpful

  2. Michael Guyer on 12/09/2015 at 1:38 am

    Somebody want to clarify what he means by “undertows do not exist” at 1:22? I was under the impression that undertows were real, maybe not in the instantly-suck-you-under-and-out-to-sea way, but real none the less. Something having to do with the drawing of water during a wave buildup, right? I could be totally off there.

  3. UNSWTV on 15/09/2015 at 3:19 am

    For those wondering about what an “undertow” is, here’s the gold from Dr Rip himself, UNSW’s Dr Rob Brander:
    Undertow is a misleading term as it implies that the water (or rip) pulls you under. This isn’t the case at all. Rips just take you for a ride. Many scientists unfortunately continue to use the term ‘undertow’ to describe a gentle  return flow of water near the bottom bed that occurs everywhere underneath breaking waves, but this is not the same thing as a rip. We are trying to stamp out the use of ‘undertow’ because it is helps contribute to people panicking when they are caught in a rip. It’s just a bad and outdated term. Some people also confuse strong backwash on steep beaches as an undertow, but that process isn’t rips either.

  4. Ignatius Tse on 12/01/2016 at 1:50 pm

    That was useful. I could never understand how to identify rips although I learnt early on as a kid to swim sideways to try and catch a wave back in.

  5. Kate Baum on 25/03/2016 at 11:52 am

    God I didn’t know what this was. When I was little my brother and I went in one of these. Yeah we got sucked in pretty quick. I was five and he was nine so of course our mom dad and oldest brother tried to help but my brother pushed me up into the you know “normal” water. And my parents grabbed me. He was still in the water but he just swam to where he pushed me. Boom over.

  6. Bull Lea on 01/05/2016 at 8:03 pm

    11.000 beaches in Austalia ? Oh my God !

  7. BarcrestPlays - Fruit Machines on 08/06/2016 at 8:16 pm

    A 720p video in 2008 congratulations!!

  8. blastman8888 on 14/07/2016 at 4:54 am

    I love Australia I want to visit there but flight is so long.

    • UNSWTV on 15/07/2016 at 12:10 am

      You need a stopover for sure.

  9. illegalehumor on 01/09/2016 at 12:20 am

    Don’t understand how people can even die from these shit. lol. if you get stuck and you don’t know how to get out and he you get tired you still are able too float and rest. until some point the current stops and you can get out.

    • Bergy on 07/09/2016 at 10:57 am

      This is mainly for tourists who cant go to the beach regularly. I’ve grown up around the surf to know how to get out of a rip but its those people who swim so hard against it losing their energy and getting tired. We can float but that doesn’t stop us from accidentally swallowing water

  10. Andrew Hallas on 19/09/2016 at 4:34 pm

    Very useful and informative. awesome stuff, many thanks

  11. secretspy1 on 05/10/2016 at 1:06 am

    Really useful video, i remember bodysurfing a small local beach in Orange county CA, i let my friend use my fins which was a bad idea since i didnt know the particular beach well yet. He got out of the water and i got caught in a gnarly rip current, i did the wrong thing and tried to swim back instead of parallel, i got super tired and caught in some waves breaking and tossed around, it was really scary. Now i know what to do & how to spot them.

  12. BushShamanOculus on 31/10/2016 at 5:45 pm

    ATTENTION: Always remember, no rip current is impossible to escape from unless it’s from a tsunamis Then your probably fucked even before the waves retreat dude

  13. Meta Fizikal One on 31/10/2016 at 5:45 pm

    ATTENTION: Always remember, no rip current is impossible to escape from unless it’s from a tsunamis Then your probably fucked even before the waves retreat dude

  14. colotschini on 21/11/2016 at 5:26 pm

    very important.thank you to explain!

  15. Sailing Nations UG on 28/01/2017 at 11:17 pm

    Amazing trip, thanks for sharing

  16. Ak10Twenty on 26/02/2017 at 11:42 pm

    So does this mean that even if I’m a competitive swimmer I shouldn’t go in one for fun? I mean if i know how to deal with one and know not to panic I should be fine right?

    Sorry if this sounds dumb but I almost never get to go to a beach since I live in Indiana.

    • Dan on 21/10/2017 at 2:17 pm

      Ak10Twenty no its very stupid to go in one

  17. Jayla Castanov on 27/05/2017 at 9:15 pm

    Thank god im just a person in the background

  18. øMeguløus on 17/06/2017 at 12:22 pm

    I wonder why the lifeguard covered and put dividing pebbles with rope on it on a certain radius, and covered the left and right side of the beach because there’s a current.

  19. Mr KosovanGamer690 on 24/07/2017 at 4:20 pm

    I’m not scared of riptides. They only things I’m scared of at the beach are:
    Jelly fish
    And huge black things in the water

  20. sports everything on 21/08/2017 at 4:40 am

    I got stuck in a rip tide and had to call 911

  21. Mc GamerLtu on 05/01/2018 at 4:34 pm

    That happened to me today

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