The lives of many people who fatally drown in rips, rivers and other waterways might be saved if they are taught to float to survive.
Most rip currents are recirculating and will bring you back to a sandbar, or to shore.
Floating gives swimmers of all levels a chance to assess where and how a rip is flowing, conserve energy and assess the situation. More competent swimmers may then decide to swim parallel to the beach to breaking waves.
If I’m going to take advice from anyone, it’s going to be from gold medallist and inclusion advocate, Matt Levy (OAM). I originally purchased his book for my daughter but have found it useful for my own future planning! The framework is constructive, illustrations engaging, and the tone supportive. While the book is promoted as a children’s book, Matt’s innovative approach can really be for anyone who has a dream. Matt summed it up when I asked about the purpose of Brandon Dreams Big: "It gives practical tips to overcome obstacles and challenges. We all need this." https://mattlevy.com.au/books