Nobody is stronger than a rip
If you get caught this summer, remember the three R’s
Who doesn’t love spending their summer at the beach? There’s nothing better than loading up the car and heading to the beach for the day with your family or mates.
While a trip to the sea can be packed with fun, it can also be dangerous. Aside from sunburn and jellyfish, one of the most dangerous things you have to look out for when in the water is a rip current.
Rips are a huge risk for New Zealand beach goers and are the biggest cause of rescues. Many people think when they’re caught in a rip that they’re strong enough to out swim it, but swimming against a rip is a race nobody can win.
A massive 80% of Surf Life Saving NZ rescues are associated with swimmers caught in rips. To make their jobs easier, it’s important we learn how to recognise a rip before stepping into one.
Many people think when they are caught in a rip that they’re strong enough to swim out of it, but not even an Olympic swimmer can beat a rip. Olympic swimmer 8.07 km/hr* and a rip current 8.78 km/hr*
*50m freestyle NZ record is held by Daniel Hunter. Speeds as high as 8 feet per second for a rip current have been measured.