Sounds like a pretty cool thing to study. I once talked to a meteorology researcher at a party and he told me in that field there are so many problems and so few researchers there isn't really competition to be first, since no one works on the same problems. Very different from biomedical science
Anyway, remeber this advice:
The rip tides are generally narrow, so just swim out of them; strong swimmers die every year trying to swim against them
But unwary bathers may wade into the water only to find themselves suddenly swept away. If they keep their heads and swim across the current, parallel to shore, they can escape its grip and make their way back to the beach.But swimmers who try to fight rip currents quickly exhaust themselves and may drown.