The surf conditions in P.E.I. National Park on Friday, July 3 are considered dangerous, so to ensure visitor safety, entering the water is not recommended.
Rip currents are a hazard on P.E.I. beaches and 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.
The danger is when swimmers become trapped in the rapid current and are swept offshore.
Caught in a rip current?
- Stay Calm.
- Attract Attention.
- Conserve Energy.
- Tread Water.
- Waves can assist you back to shore.
- If that doesn’t work; swim parallel to shore out of the current-toward the breaking waves.
Watch Parks Canada’s video Rip Currents –The Hidden Danger to learn how to identify the signs of a rip current: