Parks Canada officials are warning people Tuesday to stay out of the water on P.E.I.’s North Shore.

Stormy weather over the last couple of days has created dangerous surf conditions at P.E.I. National Park.

Big waves in the park can create rip currents. These occur when large masses of water are pushed up on to shore, and the water then rushes back out to sea in narrow channels carved between sand bars. The currents are too fast for people to swim against.

If swimmers are caught in a rip current, they should not attempt to swim against it. They are advised to remain calm and swim parallel to shore to get out of the current. Once out of the current, they should be able to swim back to shore.