Escaping from a rip current

Do not try to swim against it. The current will be too fast for even the strongest swimmer.

Swim parallel to shore until you are out of the current, and then head for the beach.

Parks Canada is advising people to stay out of the water at Brackley Beach, on P.E.I.'s north shore today.

Surf conditions are considered dangerous and there's a risk of rip currents.

Rip currents occur when waves break near the shore, piling up water between breaking waves and the beach.

Rip currents form when waves break near the shoreline, piling up water between the breaking waves and the beach. Water rushes back out to sea in narrow channels, creating currents that are too strong to swim against.

Swimmers caught in a rip current should swim parallel to shore until they are out of the current. They will then be able to make it back to shore.