The Ocean is a beautiful place to paddle and swim but never underestimate how powerful it can be.
I know most of you heard about the tragedy in Ocean City, MD recently with an 18yr old kid getting caught in a rip and drowning. So sad and its a reminder that things can change in an instant out there. Even the strongest swimmers can get caught in rip tides and it can be serious stuff if you do not know what to do.
First thing LISTEN TO THE LIFEGUARDS! I was down in OC that same weekend and I saw at least 10 rescues, about half of those I saw the lifeguard warn the swimmers before they entered the water, they did not take him serious.
The best thing we can all do is educate ourselves on what to do if you are caught in one, see some tips below