Articles | Volume 21, issue 1
Research article
14 Jan 2021
Research article |  | 14 Jan 2021

Beachgoers' ability to identify rip currents at a beach in situ

Sebastian J. Pitman, Katie Thompson, Deirdre E. Hart, Kevin Moran, Shari L. Gallop, Robert W. Brander, and Adam Wooler


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (24 Nov 2020) by Pascal Haegeli
AR by Sebastian Pitman on behalf of the Authors (28 Nov 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (28 Nov 2020) by Pascal Haegeli
Short summary
This study aimed to identify how well beach users could spot rip currents in real time at the beach. It was performed in response to the fact that rip currents are the leading cause of drownings on recreational beaches worldwide. We found that only one in five people were able to spot the rip current, meaning the vast majority would be unable to make good decisions about where it is safe to swim at the beach.
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