NOAA's National Ocean Service

Hurricane Irma from space

Podcast: The National Ocean Service role in hurricane prep, response, and recovery.

Plan your summer beach visit with our safety tips in mind. Tip number one: rip currents account for more than 80 percent of rescues performed by surf beach lifeguards. They are powerful, channeled currents of water flowing away from shore that quickly pull swimmers out to sea. Rip currents typically extend from the shoreline, through the surf zone, and past the line of breaking waves. The best way to stay safe is to recognize the danger of rip currents. If caught in one, don't fight it! Swim parallel to the shore and swim back to land at an angle. Always remember to swim at beaches with lifeguards. Explore our complete list of nine dangers at the beach.