The Pull of a Rip
- 15 minutes
- Optional: display equipment
- Optional: printer
People can struggle to understand the force of a rip current unless they’ve had the unfortunate experience of ending up in one. Through a personal account and physical demonstration, this activity aims to enlighten students, while teaching them essential lifesaving information about how to respond if they get caught in one.
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The physical demonstration of this activity requires space, so a clear classroom or sports hall offers the best environment to deliver this activity.
Ask students if any of them have heard of – or experienced – a rip current, before using the presentation to explain them.
The takeaway message is that the best way to avoid rips is to choose a lifeguarded beach and always swim between the red and yellow flags – which have been marked based on where is safer to swim in the present conditions.
For more information on rip currents, visit our rips safety page.