Rip Currents

Rip Currents on Holden Beach

Rip currents are a real thing and can be very dangerous. Rip currents are the leading surf hazard for all beachgoers. There are no lifeguards on our beach so please educate yourself and all your guests before enjoying fun in the sun, sand and water.

Don't swim against the rip current. Swim across and out of the current.

Green - green arrows can be considered the "good", "normal" waves that come in and crash on the shore. These will actually help bring you back to shore.

Yellow - yellow arrows are the start of the rip currents beginning to pull back away from shore.

Red - red arrows are the rip currents moving away from shore.

Rip currents can be spotted:

  • Break in the incoming wave pattern

  • Differences in water color due to suspended sediments

  • Line of foam, seaweed, or debris moving out to sea.

Respect nature - Stay alert and aware - Enjoy the beach