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To prepare folks as they plan to head to the beach for the 4th of July holiday, Dr. Greg Dusek, National Ocean Service Senior Scientist, recorded this public friendly webinar designed to provide concise safety messages for holiday beachgoers. This webinar recording corrects inaccurate terminology being used, answers questions about this deadly beach hazard and helps you communicate with your communities using the "Know Before You Go" approach.

Our goal is to help beach-goers identify how to stay safe while visiting the ocean, see what a rip current looks like, and how to survive getting caught in one while swimming. This will help protect people on vacation and throughout the rest of the summer season.