If you go to beaches, this is worth a couple minutes

It's Australian, but the hydrology of rips are the same in any language---look for the deeper channels where the water is flushing back off the beach out to the deeper water ---where the color differences, lack of breaking waves (or late breaking waves), sandy and turbid water, drifting surface debris---all suggest perhaps a great place to paddle out a surf board---and a terrible place for a small kid to go into the water.

He doesn't go onto explicitly talk about it, but of course, if caught in one unintentionally, you'll probably never be able to fight it directly--you can get out of it by going along the beach laterally and trying to get out of the current's center...

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