How to Escape.
Step one: Stay grounded
When taking to the water in surf conditions, try to keep your feet to the bottom as much as possible. This will help you avoid being swept out to sea.
Step two: Don’t panic
If you are caught up in a riptide, just stay calm. The current is more likely to pull you away from the shore than drag you underwater.
Step three: Use your feet
If you’re still in shallow water you may be able to regain your footing, so try to touch the bottom again.
Step four: Save your energy
Many people drown because they panic and use up all their energy trying to swim against the tide – don’t struggle.
Step five: Signal for help
Get the attention of a lifeguard or other people at the beach by calling for help and waving your arms.
Step six: Swim parallel to the shore
Riptides aren’t as wide as you think – you’re maybe looking at 100ft the most. So rather than swim against the current, swim along the shoreline. Eventually you’ll be free of the riptide.
Step seven: Can’t swim?
Try floating on your back or treading water and continue to signal for help.
Step eight: Swim back to shore
Once you’re free, swim diagonally back to shore and away from the current to avoid getting pulled back out.