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Rip Currents

Beware of Rip Currents:

Rip currents are strong currents of water that rush out to sea. They are stronger than even the best swimmer. Rip currents can form on any beach that has breaking waves.  If you look closely, you can see a rip current.  It will have dark muddy water and be very choppy. You might see foam and other debris floating out to sea. If you see a rip current, stay away! They are very dangerous.

If you are ever caught in a rip current, don’t panic. Relax, and swim parallel to the beach. Don’t try to fight it. If you have trouble swimming, tread water and call for help. Parents! Keep your kids nearby when they’re playing near the ocean.

Identify a Rip Current

There are many rip currents and unsafe areas to swim in Cannon Beach. Swim near a lifeguard, read the semiphore signs, and/or ask the Cannon Beach lifeguards where safe areas are. 

How to Escape from a Rip Current