Rip currents are powerful, channeled currents of water flowing away from shore. Also known as "rip tides," even though they are not "tides," rip currents typically extend from the shoreline, through the surf zone, and past the line of breaking waves. They can move up to a few hundred feet per day, and can occur at any beach with breaking waves, including large lakes such as the Great Lakes.
To see if a rip current is present, please look for the following signs:
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