Drowning is a leading cause of death for people of all ages.

What is THINK WAVES?

THINK WAVES is a nonprofit coalition dedicated to updating and improving ocean safety. 

Our mission is to prevent ocean drownings. 

Thinkwaves is also the greatest intuitive self-rescue technique in the world!

PROVEN – SIMPLE – EFFECTIVE

PROVEN

By experienced surfers internationally.

SIMPLE

Surfers have been riding rips out and waves in for hundreds of years.

EFFECTIVE

RIP currents are natures escalator of energy heading away from shore. Waves are natures escalator of energy going to shore.

When caught in a rip current what should a swimmer do?

THINK WAVES recommends:  Stay calm,  and swim in the direction of the nearest waves.

Waves will bring you to the shore. RIPS out WAVES in. 

To avoid RIP CURRENTS wade or swim in front of the waves.

THINK WAVES Founders:

Milton B. Willis

World Champion Giant Wave Surfer, Ocean Safety Expert / Awarded Certificate of Life Saving Merit from the City and County of Honolulu for Successful Rescue Under Extreme Hazardous Surf Conditions.

Michael C. Willis

World Champion Giant Wave Surfer, Ocean Safety Expert / Credited with Saving Hawaiian Lifeguard and Legendary Surfer Titus Nihi Kinimaka at Waimea Bay. The Most Dramatic Rescue in Surfing History.

THINK WAVES the Willis Way.
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Questions About THINK WAVES the Willis Way

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Questions About Rip Currents

 

How far can a rip current take you?

Generally speaking, a riptide is less than 100 ft. wide, so swimming beyond it should not be too difficult. If you cannot swim out of the riptide, float on your back and allow the riptide to take you away from shore until you are beyond the pull of the currentRip currents generally subside 50 to 100 yards from shore.

Source:  popular mechanics 
Does ocean tide changes affect rip currents?

RIP current speed is influenced by the size of the waves,  but sometimes waves only two feet high can produce dangerous rips.

Are rip currents stronger high or tide? Does tide matter?

Rip currents are strongest at low tide.

Source scilinks (gov)

How to spot a rip current
Rip currents often look somewhat like a road or river running straight out to sea, and they are easiest to notice and identify when the zone of breaking waves is viewed from a high vantage point. … It is sometimes possible to see that foam or floating debris on the surface of the rip is moving out, away from the shore.
Are rip currents the same as riptides ?
Rip currents can flow quickly, are unpredictable,  and come about from waves when they interact with the shape of the.   sea bed.  In contrast a riptide is caused by tidal movements, as opposed to as opposed to wave action  and is a predictable rise and fall of the water level. 
Source,  wikipedia 
How are rip currents formed?

RIPCURRENTS are affected by the bottom contours of the ocean floor. WAVES prefer the shallower sandbars and reefs. RIPCURRENTS prefer the deeper channels between sandbars and reefs. Water always seeks the path of least resistance..

Our Story

THINK WAVES the Willis Way has been proven by experienced surfers for 100’s of years. While we did not invent nor discover this technique we are the ones sharing it with the world.

After hearing of Swimmers Drowning on Guarded Beaches the Willis Bros Saw a desperate need for Reform on Antiquated Lifeguard Rip Current Policy.

They began lobbying local Lifeguards and finally NOAA and USLA to Reform, Update and Improve Official Lifeguard Rip Current Policy.

After Teaching Thousands to Successfully and Safely Surf the Willis Bros retired circa 2018. They received Trip Advisor’s Highest Award for accomplishing Unanimous Five Star Ratings for 5 Years consecutively.

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