Beneath the tranquil facade of idyllic ocean waves, a deadly undertow often awaits an unsuspecting swimmer. Until one experiences the unseen force, it is difficult to comprehend its power. Strong swimmers tell of the exhausting battle of endurance while treading water or swimming parallel to the shore until they break free. We have all heard stories with tragic endings where a rip claimed one life or several others who attempted to help.
Sidney Poitier shares an eye-opening testimony to an undertow’s power in his autobiography, The Measure of a Man. The force often grabs without warning, and it leaves a lasting impression on all who experience it, even if watching from afar. Continue reading