South Padre Island EMS (956) 761-5454 Cameron County Park System (956) 761-5494 U. Coast Guard Station South Padre Island (956) 761-2668 Cameron County Parks Police (956) 761-5283Rip currents (mistakenly called rip tides or undertows) are common and can be found almost daily on all South Padre Island Beaches. DON'T DRINK AND SWIMCALL 911 first for any emergency.This "undertow" can sweep a weak swimmer off of their feet and into deeper water, and he may panic as the wave crashes over his head.The undertow disperses almost immediately until the next wave approaches, then the cycle starts again. Rip currents Typically, strong wind and swell waves push water over a sandbar allowing excess water to collect. RIP CURRENTS KILL SWIMMERS EVERY YEAR HERE AT SOUTH PADRE ISLAND.An undertow occurs when a wave is about to break on a shallow sandbar where a swimmer might be standing.The water will suck underneath the wave as it breaks.
bring some type of flotation device to be used for rescue in case someone falls into the surf.
Seaside you can enjoy a dolphin watch or a narrated cruise and eco tour of the surrounding Gulf waters of South Padre Island and the Laguna Madre bay.
And when you come ashore, visit Sea Turtle Inc, the sealife and dolphin research center, or the coastal studies lab and marvel at the aquatic life of the South Texas Gulf Coast and the Atlantic Ocean.
Rip currents are life-threatening to anyone entering the surf. Undertow is a concern mostly for weak swimmers or the unfortunate non-swimmer.
Wind and/or wave conditions support dangerous rip currents.