Delaware March 25, 2019
Most People Don’t Know About Delaware’s Deadly Ocean Riptides
Delaware’s beaches are among the cleanest in the nation, and summertime trips to the coast are a staple of life in the First State. However, many people don’t realize that an everyday ocean swim can turn deadly, if you don’t know about rip currents. Read below and study up on safety tips to ensure a safe ocean trip for all.
Every year, millions of people travel to enjoy the world famous Delaware beaches.
No matter what town you visit, you'll get to enjoy soft sand, bright sun, and cooling dips into the ocean.
Every year, though, the ocean has the potential to turn deadly. Do you know how to spot a rip current?
A rip current is an unusual break in the surf where a strong, narrow current flows out, away from the beach. It can pull even the strongest swimmers out hundreds of feet from shore.
Learn how to identify a rip current, and pay attention to warnings. Above all, never swim when the ocean's unguarded. Lifeguards are there to keep you safe!
Watch the video below to see how an undertow works, and how to stay safe from deadly rip currents in Delaware:
This graphic from NOAA shows how these strong undertows work, and the best way to stay safe from a rip current in Delaware. Float, don't fight, and try to swim sideways away from the pull.
Visit Weather.gov’s Rip Current Site for more safety information. Of course, you shouldn’t let your fear of rip currents in Delaware ruin your vacation! Swim in guarded beaches and heed weather warnings, and you’re sure to have an amazing trip.