Beach Flag Warning System
RIP CURRENTS can be unpredictable, dangerous and deadly! Please use good judgment while swimming in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Unusual Choppiness
- Discoloration of Water
- Debris & Foam moving seaward
Learn how to identify and avoid them:
- If you’re caught in a Rip Current, don’t panic. Swim parallel to the shore until the current weakens, then swim back to the shore.
- Rip currents are strong, localized rivers of water that usually flow away from the beach at a surprisingly high velocity.
- Usually they are associated with large waves and strong offshore winds, but not always!! In rare cases, rip currents occur during calm conditions.