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Swimming not advised in P.E.I. National Park on July 3 due to dangerous surf conditions

A few beach-goers enjoy the scenery at Ross Lane Beach in Stanhope on a recent September morning in the P.E.I. National Park. Close to 400,000 people visited the P.E.I. National Park in July and August.
The surf conditions in P.E.I. National Park on Friday, July 3 are considered dangerous, so to ensure visitor safety, entering the water is not recommended. - SaltWire file

The surf conditions in P.E.I. National Park on Friday, July 3 are considered dangerous, so to ensure visitor safety, entering the water is not recommended.

Rip currents are a hazard on P.E.I. beaches and form when waves break near the shoreline; piling up water between the breaking waves and the beach.

This graphic was provided by the P.E.I. government.
This graphic was provided by the P.E.I. government.

One of the ways this water returns to sea is to form a rip current; a narrow stream of water moving swiftly away from shore.

The danger is when swimmers become trapped in the rapid current and are swept offshore.

Caught in a rip current?

  • Stay Calm.
  • Attract Attention.
  • Conserve Energy.
  • Tread Water.
  • Waves can assist you back to shore.
  • If that doesn’t work; swim parallel to shore out of the current-toward the breaking waves.


Watch Parks Canada’s video Rip Currents –The Hidden Danger to learn how to identify the signs of a rip current:

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