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Rip Tides?

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Rip Tides?

Hello Locals,

I'm heading in to Gulf Shores tomorrow and heard about all of the trouble with the rip tides on the news. Are things settling down a bit? Is it impossible to know what the forecast will be for them for the next week? Any feedback you can provide will be most appreciated!

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1. Re: Rip Tides?

for the last two days it is then OK yellow flag on the beach..... it just really depends on the weather we had a couple storms come through which caused the problem

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Just pay attention to the flags that are posted along the beaches.Guides for the flag colors are usually posted in your condo if you are using a rental co. as well as in most of the vacation books you pick up & maybe even down by the walk-overs on the beach. So many times we have been down there & see people just not pay attention to the flags & then we sit there worrying about them! Usually if there is a storm out there you may have a day or two of rough surf & them the water will be calm & beautiful again the next day. Hope you have a wonderful vacation!

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Something to consider is that the riptides only occur in areas between the sandbars where water is rushing to get back out to sea and it is funneled through a small channel in the sandbar. They are usually easy to spot if you know what you are looking at. The farther out from the beach you go towards the first sandbar the more chances you have to be caught in a riptide. If you do get caught in one then don't panic and swim sideways to the outgoing current, not against the current towards shore and you will get out of it.

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Thanks for that info Robert! I knew about the swimming sideways, but didn't think about the sandbar channel. A good way to check that is to look from your balcony vantage point before you go down & get an idea of where you will be sitting & where you are likely to be going into the water to see where the sandbars are.

It does aggravates us how the media sensationalizes everything so much though. We live over 3 hours away & it's been on our news 3 times. It's a sad thing for sure, but if people obeyed the rules, then they wouldn't be putting themselves & others in danger.

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