Re: Warning signs for Deadly Seas
Posted by Ross on July 17, 2021, 12:22 pm, in reply to "Warning signs for Deadly Seas"
A graphic sign showing rip tides and the dangers would be understood by all as well as written warnings, "PELIGRO! CORRIENTES FUERTES!" Proteccion Civil does make such signs. They installed one right in front of our house on the beach. When we returned in the fall, it was gone, a hurricane took it out, but one edge of the metal sign still protruded up from the sand causing a hazard. |
I and my kids got caught in a rip tide in Mazatlan, no signs at all. It was ugly, big brown waves and the rip prevented us from swimming back to the beach. I remembered the tactic of swimming parallel to the beach to get out of the rip. We did that but got nowhere because we were swimming against the prevailing current that was always in that location. Finally, my son said we should body surf the waves. We did that and when we got back to the beach, I kissed the sand. My younger daughter said, as she was the last one in, "What was the big deal?" She had stayed calm and just treaded water but did body surf back to the beach.
After that lesson, whenever we went swimming at a new beach, we always sat on the sand and assessed what the conditions were, first thing, looking for rips, rocks, and prevailing currents.