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NWS Rip Current Safety Program

Break The Grip of The Rip!®
Rip Current Awareness Week
June 1-7, 2008

In an effort to heighten public awareness of rip currents at surf beaches, each year NOAA designates the first full week of June as national Rip Current Awareness Week, coinciding with the traditional start of the summer vacation season.

Rip currents are currents of water moving away from shore. The strongest rip currents can attain speeds reaching 8 feet per second; this is faster than an Olympic swimmer can sprint! On average, more people die every year from rip currents than from shark attacks, tornadoes or lightning. According to the United States Lifesaving Association, 80 percent of surf beach rescues are attributed to rip currents, and more than 100 people die annually from drowning in rip currents.

For the 2008 campaign, NOAA's National Weather Service, National Sea Grant College Program, the National Park Service, and the United States Lifesaving Association have joined together to increase rip current awareness and education. This year's campaign includes a Public Service Announcement, signage, brochures, videos, animations, and educational materials.

We strongly encourage you to use information, graphics, video and all other resources on this and other government pages with some restrictions.



For 2007, the NWS developed a new DVD for the above files in chapter format. The DVD includes:

  • English and Spanish Language PSAs,
  • Animation
  • Rip Current Footage
  • The four Interviews
  • Beachfront Sign

It may be purchased at a nominal price from:
Video Transfer, Inc.
5800 Arundel Avenue
Rockville, MD 20852
Fax: 301-770-9131

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Last Updated: May 15, 2008