Surf Safety… I know what you’re thinking. And it’s true. Who cares right?.
But you know what, when it’s 6 foot and your leg rope snaps or you didn’t screw your fin in properly you’ll be thanking us.
This stuff will all become second nature one day, but until then it pays to make a habit of it.
Learning to Surf is one of the most fun and life-changing experiences you can have, and for lots of people, the journey can last a lifetime.
However, surfing is a very demanding and unpredictable sport. Your environment is constantly changing and you can be exposed to situations that are out of your control.
For this reason, it’s really important to have a basic understanding of all the safety elements associated with surfing prior to getting in the water.
How to stay safe when you’re out in the water?
1. Check your equipment
Before heading out for your surf, it’s a good practice to check your equipment is in full working order a faulty leash, board or wetsuit will soon cause problems in the water.
2. How to ask for help
*Wave your one arm to and fro and shout for help*
Usually, there are other surfers in the water to get their attention and ask for help.
However, if there aren’t any surfers around to help, you will need to attract the lifeguard’s attention.
3. Sun smart
Always protect your skin from overexposure to UV.
Use Zinc, Sunscreen (Factor 50 not Hawaiian Tropics Oil) rash shirt, T-Shirt, and surf leggings. Whatever you need to protect yourself properly.
4. Hazards (rocks, marine life, pier, other surfers etc)
Each beach will present itself with its own unique set of hazards. Stay away from rocks, unless you are a more experienced surfer. Respect marine life. Other surfers are likely to be your most concern, staying out of the way and being control of your board is seriously important to avoid any injuries.
5. Rips and Currents
Take a minute or two when you get to the beach to observe the surf conditions. Getting to know where the rips and currents are before you enter the water, may save your life. Unless you are an experienced surfer, I would personally suggest staying away from them.
Surfing is a full body workout. So just like any other exercise you need to make sure you’re hydrated, especially in hotter climates.
Pro tip: To stay hydrated on average, women need to drink as much as 2.5 liters a day, this is without taking in consideration their weight, height, and activity they are participating in.
7. Protect your head
When you finish your wipeout or finishing your ride always remember to protect your head. When you are resurfacing come up with your hand first, just in case your fins are sitting above you on top of the water’s surface.
Being mindful of your board can sometimes take a while to get used to you, and this simple exercise can help prevent any injury to yourself.
If you feel this has helped in any way or have any questions please leave a comment below.