Caught In a Rip – Live On TV

Monday, 16 December 2019

Surf Life Saving NZ kicked off summer in a dramatic style – by putting Seven Sharp reporter Lucas de Jong into a rip live on TV.

Click here to watch the video.

If you or a loved one are caught in a rip remember the 3Rs Rip Survival Plan.

Surf Life Saving New Zealand Beach Safety Messages

  1. Choose a lifeguarded beach and swim between the flags.
  2. Look for, read and understand the safety signs - ask a lifeguard for advice as conditions can change regularly.
  3. Don't overestimate your ability or your children's ability to cope in the conditions
  4. Always keep a very close eye on young children in or near the water - keep them within arm’s reach at all times.
  5. Get a friend to swim with you - never swim or surf alone.
  6. Watch out for rip currents, they can carry you away from shore. If caught in a rip, remember the 3 R’s: 1. RELAX & FLOAT to conserve your energy, 2. RAISE YOUR HAND to signal for help, 3. RIDE the rip until it stops & you can swim back to shore safely. Nobody is stronger than a rip.
  7. When fishing from rocks, never turn your back towards the sea and always wear a lifejacket.
  8. If in doubt, stay out!
  9. If you see someone in trouble in the water, call 111 and ask for Police as they have a direct line to us.
  10. Be sun smart – Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap. Protect your skin and eyes from the sun's damaging rays.


For more information, please contact:
Melanie Louden
Media and Communications Manager
Surf Life Saving NZ
021 757 433