We can learn a lot about avoiding and escaping this natural hazard by asking survivors what being caught in a rip is really like.
An estimated 40 per cent of children leave primary school without being able to swim the length of an Olympic swimming pool.
Research reveals the reasons why people continue to swim at unpatrolled beaches, despite the warnings.
UNSW scientists will be assessing the role surfers play in rescuing swimmers in distress as well as their broader contribution to society in a world-first, global survey.
Australia may be leading the way on coastal drowning research, but a study led by UNSW has identified the need for more evidence to support prevention strategies.
UNSW scientists are encouraging people who have been rescued from the water by a bystander, or who have helped save the life of someone else in trouble, to take part in a citizen lifesaver survey.
Dr Rob Brander discusses how to spot and avoid rips at beaches.