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Piers, jetties and wharfs are a major rip current hazard. Many of these structures have permanent rip currents. If you hang out on a pier, especially after lifeguards have gone off duty, NEVER jump off the pier. You may be diving to your death. Always swim at lifeguard protected beaches. Watch the PSA below to learn how to swim out of a rip. And check out our YouTube links for more rip info. If you must swim at a beach without a lifeguard, look for safety rings you can throw out to a victim. Don't attempt to rescue someone by swimming out to them.


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