The ocean is as beautiful as it is unpredictable. That's why shore area lifeguards are urging swimmers not to venture out in unguarded waters. Berkeley Township's Midway Beach Senior Lifeguard Rob Pearson says it only takes a few seconds for someone to get pulled out by a rip current.

"One second you're touching a sand bar. The next second you get pulled out to sea, then you start panicking, then you start swallowing water and that's it," said Pearson.

He says swimmers also need to be aware of shore break waves.

"A lot of times you're right there at high tide and you get some very powerful shore break waves and people get neck injuries, back injuries, just by not watching the water. So you constantly have to keep your eyes glued to the ocean," Pearson explains.

Next Tuesday August 5th, you can see what lifeguards in Ocean County are trained to do at the Battle of Midway starting at 6 p.m. It's free and open to the public