Gansbaai Courant

Blog: Full Moon Spring Tide warning of strong rip currents

Published: 02 July 2015
By:National Sea Rescue Institute

The twice monthly Spring Tide is here. Spring Tide will peak on Thursday, 02nd July, during the Full Moon phase.  Spring Tide brings a higher than normal high tide, a lower than normal low tide and with it stronger than normal rip currents.  Stronger than normal rip currents are experienced along the coast for a few days leading up to the full or the new moon, peaking on the day of the full or the new moon, and lasting for a few days after the full or the new moon, every month of the year. Anyone going down to the beach and anyone visiting along the coastline, bathers, paddlers, surfers, sea farers and anglers, during the Winter vacation and between now and at least Monday 6th July are advised to be aware of the Full Moon Spring Tide bringing stronger than normal rip currents that are a result of the higher and lower than normal high and low tides brought on by the full moon phase and which are now building up and will peak on Thursday 02nd July and will last between now and the next 6 to 8 days. Extreme caution is advised around the coast during this time.

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