By CBSMiami.com Team

Rip currents are powerful currents of water moving away from shore. They can sweep even the strongest swimmer away from shore.

If caught in a rip current:

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  • Don’t fight the current. Try and relax. Rip currents don’t pull you under
  • Don’t swim against the current.
  • Swim out of the current, then to shore
  • If you can’t escape, float or treat water
  • If you need help, yell or wave for assistance

CBSMiami.com also recommends the following tips to avoid getting caught in rip currents

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  • Swim in a supervised area
  • Heed warning flags
  • Never swim alone
  • If in doubt, don’t go out
  • Swim sober; no beer or alcohol is allowed on the beach
  • Leash your surfboard
  • Don’t use floats where you can’t swim

Yellow and purple warning flags are used at lifeguard stands to warn against hazardous conditions in the water.

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CBSMiami.com Team