We might all love a dip in the ocean when the temperature soars to unbearably hot levels, but would you actually know what to do if you got into trouble in the sea?
A former surf lifesaver’s Facebook post from 2015 has gone viral once again after he explained exactly what you need to know about spending the day on the beach.
Kenny Jewell, who is now a guitarist, revealed his top tips for staying safe in the water and over 170,000 people have liked the post, with some thanking him for “saving lives”.
According to Kenny, the number one thing you need to be aware of when you’re in the sea is where the rips are.
“I'm always troubled seeing the amount of swimmers that enter the surf straight into a rip zone,” Kenny wrote online.
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While it may seem like the safest place to swim is in the calmest water, Kenny says it’s actually the most dangerous area of the beach.
“A rip is usually the area void of wave activity and appears darker and deceptively calmer,” he said.
“It can sometimes appear milky or turbulent, but it is always pretty much void of wave activity.
“All that water coming in via waves has to go back out somehow, this is what a rip is.”
Kenny advises that people take five-ten minutes when they get to the beach to “observe surf conditions” so you know where the rips are.
If you do find yourself caught up in a rip, the number one thing Kenny says to do is not to panic.
“Go into floating mode and raise one arm as a distress signal when possible,” he said.
“See which direction the rip is taking you, is it straight out or at an angle? once you have determined this, and if you have the energy, swim to the right or left of the direction of flow, never against.”
Kenny says that some rips can move at three times the speed of an Olympic swimmer so if you try to swim against it, you won’t win.
“If you cannot swim out to either side of the rip, just go with it,” he said.
“Most rips won't take you out very far, and will usually spit you out not long after they take you, so keep calm and save your energy for the swim back to shore.”
The safest place on the beach to swim is obviously between the flags but due to Australia’s expansive, unpatrolled coastline, Kenny recommends educating kids on the dangers of the water.
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