Far too many people are drowning on Australian beaches and often it's becuase they don't know how to recognise a rip current and then if they get caught in one they panic and stuggle in the water.
Rip currents form when waves break near the shoreline, piling up water between the breaking waves and the beach. One of the ways this water returns to sea is to form a rip current, a narrow stream of water moving swiftly away from shore, often perpendicular to the shoreline.
So how do you spot a rip current and how do you get out of one? This four minute video will answer all your questions.