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AreasRip Current RiskDescription
Glynn/Camden mapLOWSurf zone conditions are not expected to support the development of life threatening rip currents.  However, life threatening rip currents often occur in the vicinity of jetties, inlets, and piers.  Exercise caution in the surf and always remember to swim at beaches with lifeguards.
Nassau/Duval mapMODERATELife threatening rip currents are possible in the surf zone. Never swim alone and check with lifeguards before entering the surf.
St. Johns/Flagler mapMODERATELife threatening rip currents are possible in the surf zone. Never swim alone and check with lifeguards before entering the surf.

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Surf Zone Forecast
Rip Currents: Break the Grip of the Rip
Rip Current FAQ        Ten Dangers at the Beach

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US Lifesaving Association Rip Current Page
Sea Grant Rip Current Info PDF

 Rip Current Safety Tips
When at the Beach
• Whenever possible, swim at a lifeguard-protected beach.
• Never swim alone.
• Learn how to swim in the surf.  It's not the same as swimming in a pool or lake.
• Be cautious at all times, especially when swimming at unguarded beaches.  If in doubt, don’t go out.
• Obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards.  Lifeguards are trained to identify potential hazards.  Ask a lifeguard about the conditions before entering the water.  This is part of their job.
• Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties.  Permanent rip currents often exist along side these structures.
• Consider using polarized sunglasses when at the beach.  They will help you to spot signatures of rip currents by cutting down glare and reflected sunlight off the ocean’s surface.
• Pay especially close attention to children and elderly when at the beach.  Even in shallow water, wave action can cause loss of footing.

If Caught in a Rip Current
• Remain calm to conserve energy and think clearly.
• Never fight against the current.
• Think of it like a treadmill that cannot be turned off, which you need to step to the side of.
• Swim out of the current in a direction following the shoreline.  When out of the current, swim at an angle- away from the current- 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 by waving your arm and yelling for help.

Rescue Tips
• 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- a lifejacket, a cooler, an inflatable ball.
• Yell instructions on how to escape.
• Remember, many people drown while trying to save someone else from a rip current.

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