AVON-BY-THE-SEA - Shore lifeguards are on high alert following this summer?s four drownings of swimmers who were stuck in rip currents.

The lifeguards are specially trained to identify rip currents. Lifeguard Alex Ratajczyk, 21, says the trick to escaping a rip current is to swim parallel to the shoreline.

"Things can happen at any moment, so you have to be very attentive," says Ratajczyk. He said the public can't be reminded enough about beach safety and reminded parents to always watch their children when they're in the water.