How to Avoid and Survive Rip Currents
Archive for September, 2010
First question to ask yourself is WHY do I want to become a surfing instructor? Your answer should ALWAYS be to help people enjoy the sport you love and to pass your knowledge to the succeeding generations. A man is immortilized by what he teaches and the friends he make along the way and not by the money he accumulates.
Become an EXPERIENECED surfer. Webster’s New World Dictionary definition of “experienced”: skilled, practiced, instructed, accomplished, versed, qualified, able, skillful, knowing, trained, wise, expert, veteran, mature, with a good background, rounded, knowing the score*, knowing the ropes*, having all the answers, having been around*, having been through the mill.
If you cannot answer YES to all of the above. Get your education so you can get a real job.
Where Rip Currents Form
Rip currents most typically form at low spots or breaks in sandbars, and also near structures such as groins, jetties and piers. Rip currents can be very narrow or extend in widths to hundreds of yards. The seaward pull of rip currents varies: sometimes the rip current ends just beyond the line of breaking waves, but sometimes rip currents continue to push hundreds of yards offshore.
National Surf School and Instructors Association (NSSIA) Seminar
Professionalizing the Surf School Industry
September 10, 2010
Meet Attending Directors and Members of NSSIA
Dr. Bruce Gabrielson – Chairman
Kali ‘da Big Kahuna’ Montero – Director of Accreditations
Peter Pan – Director of Media Relations
Mike Paim – Certified Surfing Instructor
When Rip Currents Form
Rip currents can be found on many surf beaches every day. Under most tide and sea conditions the speeds are relatively slow. However, under certain wave, tide, and beach profile conditions the speeds can quickly increase to become dangerous to anyone entering the surf. The strength and speed of a rip current will likely increase as wave height and wave period increase. They are most likely to be dangerous during high surf conditions as the wave height and wave period increase.