Destin Fire Control District


Rip Currents

ripcurrentsartworkRip Currents may form in nearshore sandbar breaks.

Although rarely more than 30 yards wide, rip currents can extend 1,000 feet offshore and travel up to 3 mph.

Some are present a few hours; others are permanent.  Rip Currents are prevalent after storms.

RIP Current in ActionWhat To Do?

  • Do Not Panic
  • Do Not Swim Against Current
  • Float Calmly until the current lessens
  • Swim parallel to shore until out of current
  • Shout and wave for assistance


Beach Tips

  • Flag SystemNever Swim Alone
  • Never Dive into Shallow Water
  • Never Leave Kids Alone in the Water
  • Keep Sand Holes Shallow
  • Always Use Sunscreen (SPR 30+)
  • Drink Lots of Water
  • When Lightning, Leave the Beach
  • Obey Flag System
  • Obey Beach Safety Advice
  • Do Not Rely on Artificial Floatation Devices for Safety


Laws of the Beach