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Danger Zone: Rip Current Survival Guide

3 minutes 10 seconds

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A rip current is a narrow, fast-moving channel of water that starts near the beach and extends offshore through the line of breaking waves. If a swimmer gets caught in a rip current, the best thing they can do is stay calm. The current will not pull a swimmer underwater, but it will pull them away from shore. A swimmer caught in a rip current should float and wave for help. Do not try to swim back to shore or against the rip current. Part of the "Danger Zone" series.

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Runtime: 3 minutes 10 seconds

Aerial view of a shoreline with a person body surfing and more people on the beach. Caption: rip currents account for 80% of beach rescues
Danger Zone
Episode 1
2 minutes 6 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Close up of a wave crashing on shore. Caption: Rip currents can form even in small waves,
Danger Zone
Episode 2
1 minutes 33 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Aerial view of apparently calm waves meeting the shore while a few people walk on the beach. Caption: make sure you know how to spot a rip current
Danger Zone
Episode 3
3 minutes 10 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Palm tree and house out of focus in foreground, wall of water from the ocean in focus in the background. Caption: to forecast when tsunamis may hit the coast
Danger Zone
Episode 4
2 minutes 59 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
A large spiral shaped storm on Earth's surface as seen from space. Caption: Tropical cyclones extract heat from the ocean
Danger Zone
Episode 5
2 minutes 56 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Ominous gray clouds in the sky. Caption: This creates moisture in the air.
Danger Zone
Episode 6
2 minutes 12 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Four pictures of beaches, roads and bridges being washed away by stormy water. Caption: It can severely erode beaches and coastal highways.
Danger Zone
Episode 7
2 minutes 35 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Map of Earth with Africa, Australia, Europe and Asia in view. The water on the map shows large portions highlighted in orange. Caption: Tsunamis can strike any coastline in the world
Danger Zone
Episode 8
3 minutes 17 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Grayish-green cloudy sky with a funnel cloud reaching to the ground. Caption: (male narrator) They are sometimes seen as threatening funnel clouds,
Danger Zone
Episode 9
2 minutes 37 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Aerial view of a coastline showing regular waves and an approaching tsunami. Map of Japan and Japanese writing overlaid. Caption: The result was devastation and utter destruction.
Danger Zone
Episode 10
2 minutes 54 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12