Graphic explains a rip current
Parks Canada is warning of dangerous surf conditions at P.E.I. National Park.
The conditions are considered dangerous at all seven of the park’s supervised beaches and Parks Canada says swimming is not recommended.
Rip currents form when waves break near the shoreline, which causes water to pile up between the waves and the beach.
When swimmers get caught in the current they can be swept offshore.
Parks Canada advises anyone who is caught in a rip current to swim parallel to the shore to get out of the current.