According to the U.S. Lifesaving Association, rip currents account for 80% of rescues performed by beach lifeguards. Rip currents form when water moves away from the shore. If you are caught in a rip current, do not swim against it. Stay calm and swim parallel to the shore until you feel the current release; then you can swim toward the shore. If the force of the current is too strong or you are not a strong swimmer, tread water and float in the current until it weakens. Wave your arms and call for help if needed. Share this life-saving information with your loved ones.