Now, I'm a very strong swimmer. I've done the swim team thing for a few years! But when it comes to the ocean, I don't mess around. Especially with rip tides.

So, the best tactic: AVOID IT.
But that's hard to say/do considering the super hot days are approaching and we definitely want to use the ocean to cool off! So how about this, i'll give you a day and a specific time that you should avoid going in the ocean, considering it's allegedly the most deadly day/time of the week for beach goers.

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According to, a recent analysis by the National Weather Service's regional office in Mount Holly uncovered some eye-opening trends among the 39 fatalities attributed to strong ocean currents in New Jersey during the past 20 years:

  • By far, most rip current deaths have occurred on Sundays. 
  • Slightly more than half of all the rip current drownings since 1998 occurred between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., regardless of the day.
  • Out of 39 victims, 37 were males, and only two victims were female.

Why Sundays? Well,  it's likely related to beaches being more crowded on weekends.
Why that time? The high number of rip current deaths between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. could be because lifeguards are off early on Sunday's, and the beaches are usually unattended at those times.
Why guys? It's not totally clear why the majority of victims are males, but I could take a guess and say that men tend to be a little bit more risky on the beach then females. That goes for me at least!

Leave me in my chair and call it a day.

As for the deadliest month for rip currents,  August takes the cake since ocean temperatures tend to be the warmest of the year. Within the span of the study, 12 rip current deaths occurred in August, eight occurred in June, eight in July and eight in September.

Life Lesson: Sharks aren't the only scary thing in the ocean... Please be careful!

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