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Danger Zone: Break the Grip of the Rip

3 minutes

(female narrator) We love the beach in the summer-- the sun, the sand, and the surf. But just because we're having fun, doesn't mean we can forget about safety.

(Describer) A young man trying to catch a ball falls into ocean water. Title: Break the Grip of the Rip.

Rip currents account for 80% of beach rescues and can be dangerous or deadly if you don't know what to do. Know before you go. Check local beach forecasts before heading to the beach and always swim near lifeguards. Look for any warning signs or flags. If you're unsure about conditions, ask a lifeguard, and know how to swim before you venture in.

(Describer) A boy jumps on a boogie board and holds up a selfie stick. A wave takes him off the board.

If you do get caught in a rip current, stay calm. It won't pull you under, it'll just pull you away from shore. If you try to swim against the rip current, you'll get worn out. Instead, float. Good swimmers should swim parallel to shore until clearing the pool of the rip current. Swim with the waves, allowing them to push you to shore. If possible, wave and yell to get the attention of lifeguards to let them know you need help. If you see someone in a rip current, call for help. If a lifeguard is not available, throw something that floats, but don't try to be a hero and make the rescue. Even trained lifeguards only attempt a rescue using a flotation device. Rip currents can be dangerous, but if you know your options, survey your situation, and stay calm, you can stay safe and continue to have fun in the surf, sand, and sun.

(Describer) Title: Survivors of a rescue should always get medical attention or go to the hospital to make sure they don't have water in their lungs. Accessibility provided by the US Department of Education.

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Rip currents account for 80% of beach rescues, and can be dangerous or deadly if swimmers don't know what to do. Before heading to the beach, one should check local beach forecasts and always swim near lifeguards. Beachgoers should also look for any warning signs or flags. If a swimmer happens to be caught in a rip current, stay calm. The most effective way to break from a rip current is to float. Part of the "Danger Zone" series.

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Runtime: 3 minutes

Danger Zone
Episode 1
3 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
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Episode 2
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Episode 3
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Episode 4
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Episode 5
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Episode 6
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Episode 7
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Episode 8
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Episode 9
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Episode 10
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