How to spot a rip in the surf

Radio National Breakfast brought together three experts to discuss Surf Life Saving Australia’s latest education campaign: warning swimmers what to do if they get caught in a rip at the beach. The main message from that campaign, swim parallel to the beach, turned out to be quite a controversial one, and the panel discussion generated a lot of emails.

One of the experts said the best way to survive a rip current was not to get caught in one in the first place. But how do you spot a rip?