An experienced surf lifesaver has offered his expert tips to avoid trouble at Australia's beaches this summer, claiming many swimmers are unaware of how to spot danger.
Former lifesaver Kenny Jewell took to Facebook in 2015 to share what he believes are the key things to look out for to ensure you stay safe when out in the water.
But now, some two years on, his post has gone viral with millions online reading and taking on-board the key messages after a spate of drownings already this summer.
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An experienced surf lifesaver has offered his expert tips to avoid trouble at Australia's beaches this summer, claiming many swimmers (pictured) are unaware of how to spot danger
Ex-lifesaver Kenny Jewell (pictured) took to Facebook in 2015 to share his key tips for staying safe in the water (right), with his post going viral in recent weeks after a spate of drownings
With 10 people already drowning at beaches around Australia since the beginning of summer, it's no wonder Mr Jewel's post has gone viral on Facebook.
More than 500,000 people on social media have shared his message, which begins with a hint on how to pick dangerous waters while still standing on the sand.
'The easiest thing to remember is that often the safest/calmest most enticing looking area along a beach is usually a rip,' Mr Jewell wrote
'A rip is usually the area void of wave activity and appears darker and deceptively calmer.
'Always take 5-10 mins when you get to the beach to observe surf conditions and identify where these areas are.'
If you can't pick danger until it's too late, according to Mr Jewell the most important thing to do is to remain calm.
He says rips can move at three times the speed of an Olympic swimmer, so trying to fight