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question, please teach me..
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I kayak in the ocean with a 17' sea kayak maybe 10 times a year and the rest is lake paddling. In the area I go I have not come across any rip tide in the past 3 years. Please tell me what this rip tide looks like and why it is dangerous to a kayaker in his or her boat. Is it the same rip tide I look out for when swimming? To escape that all I do is paddle paralled to the shore until I can feel it "releasing" me and then swim toward shore. I'd like to know so I don't wind up a statistic.

Thanks for the education.