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Surfing Safety Tips: Being Safe is Better Than Being Sorry

by Fred Mangeon

posted in Recreation and Sports : Surfing

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It's really rare to see surfers get injured. But, you need to remember that although surfing is relatively a safe sport to do, there are dangers that you should be aware of. You still need to be careful whenever you hit the water as surfing has its inherent dangers.

In surfing, drowning is by far the most obvious risk there is. And, there are quite a number of ways where you can unintentionally raise the odds of drowning whenever you go surfing.

The first is by not being prepared to surf. You need to remember that you will be dealing with strong waves and if you get wiped out, you will need to swim. Also, being able to swim is not enough as surfing will put you in a place where the waves are very strong, which means that you need to be physically fit in order for you to get yourself out of harms way.

You have to remember that it is common for surfers to fall off their boards. In fact, even the most advanced surfers still fall off their boards.

Training is the key in order to prevent the risk of drowning or at least minimize the risks. When you fall off the board or you get wiped out, the first thing that you need to do is locate your board. You have to keep in mind that your board is positively buoyant which means that you will be able to use your board as a floatation device when you experience a wipe out. If you lose your board or if it drifts to the shore, you will need to swim back. This will require you to have a strong stamina as you will be dealing with strong currents.

So, before you surf, it is important that you should get fit first and also learn how to swim. By being a strong swimmer, you will be able to pull yourself out of dangerous situations in case you are wiped out whenever you go out to surf.

Another common error is by not being alert. Although surfing looks like a simple sport, you need to remember that there are quite a number of things that you need to be aware of whenever you go surfing. For example, the winds near the shore can shift rapidly which can throw you off balance and push you off your board. Riptides and current eddies are also things that you should be aware of as it will prevent you from swimming ashore easily.

You should also always follow the unwritten rule in surfing, which is never to surf alone. Your surf buddy is your backup and you are also his or hers. If you do get in to trouble, your surf buddy will be able to assist you. For example, if you unexpectedly experience getting cramps while swimming ashore, your surf buddy will be able to help you get out of the water safely. You should also do the same for them.

You also need to be aware of underwater rocks, unseen underwater formations, and coral reefs which can potentially damage your board as well as your body. Marine life can also be a problem, such as jellyfish, and sharks. Watch out for the presence of all these things and you will be able to know whether it is safe to surf or not.

Surfing is a fun sport. However, you need to remember that surfing has its inherent dangers. By following these tips, you can be sure that you will be able to surf safely and also have a lot of fun in the process. Also, you might want to check the waves if it is suitable for your skill level. You wouldn’t want to surf a wave that you can’t handle, would you? Surfing a wave that is too dangerous for your skill level can have disastrous consequences.

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