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Rip Currents - Beach Safety Info!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on March 15, 2012 at 2:30 PM

According to our local news: Due to rough surf, cold water & people being out of shape, March is one of the most dangerous months at our beautiful beaches. 51 people needed rescued at Pensacola Beach yesterday! Be safe! Teach yourself about Rip Currents! Florida's 2009 slogan - "Don't fight, swim left or right."  And their 2010 slogan - "Swim to the side, to stay alive."  And always swim near the life guards!


Pay attention to the flags at the beach (they are there for your safety): 

1) Green means Low Hazard, Calm Conditions.

2) Yellow (or Orange) means Medium Hazard, Moderate Surf or Currents.

3) Red means High Hazard, High Surf or Strong Currents.

4) Two Red Flags means the Water is Closed to the Public.



Call (850) 932-SURF to hear an up-to-date recording of the current surf conditions.

LIVE BEACH CAM at http://www.islandempress.com/webcam/

And for weather tracking, go to http://www.stormpulse.com/


The following is an excellent informative video (less than 5 minutes long) about rip currents, which includes a demonstration using dye in the ocean to show how rip currents move.  I think everyone should watch it.  I even shared it with my son.  Watch the short video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hCZuYzNujI


Click here for another great video about rip currents.


And for more information, visit:

http://www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov/

http://www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov/overview.shtml

http://www.ceoe.udel.edu/ripcurrents/characteristics/

http://science.howstuffworks.com/rip-current.htm/printable


Click HERE to see photos of rip currents!  Learn to recognize them! 



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