All beachgoers must be aware of the potential for dangerous rip currents. Rip currents are powerful, channeled water currents flowing away from shore into the open ocean. They typically extend from the shoreline, to the surf zone, and past the breakers, and into deeper water. Rip currents can occur at any beach with breaking waves. Rip currents cause more deaths in Florida than lightning. If caught in a rip current, do not swim directly to the shore, swim either from north to south, or south to north depending on the drift current. Most drift currents are from south to north during the summer months. Use caution whenever entering the water, and always swim near a lifeguard.