It’s important to ensure your safety and those around you when surfing so we’ve come up with a list of five important safety tips to ensure you have fun every time you’re in the water!
1. Never surf alone
This is the same as never swim alone. Whenever you plan on going for a surf always try to find someone to go for a surf with you – whether that is a friend or family member. The importance of doing so will ensure your safety in case there is an incident, you’ll have some back up and someone to help you out if needed. This also has the added bonus of going for a surf with someone and having fun! It’s a great opportunity to share the experience together, have a chat, help each other out and have some fun at the same time! It can also be reassuring paddling out with somebody by your side.
2. If in doubt don’t paddle out
Knowing your limits is very important especially when participating in an activity in the ocean. It’s one thing to push yourself out of your comfort zone in a safe, controlled environment so that improvements can be made, however pushing yourself over your personal limit is when fear kicks in and accidents happen. So if you ever get down to the beach, are standing at the shoreline looking out at the surf and have a gut feeling your just not ready for it, you’re more than likely right! There is nothing wrong with knowing your limits and deciding that today is not the day to surf – or to simply get in the car and drive to a safer, calmer location. You’ll enjoy yourself much more too!
3. Familiarize yourself with the beach
Getting to know your local beach is essential to surfing so that you can gain an understanding of different conditions. If you’re ever visiting a new or different beach and are unsure of the conditions it is always best to ask. Life guards are always a great source of information, explain that your new to this beach and would love to go for a surf and ask where they would suggest heading out – it’s their job to know the conditions and they’ll be more than happy to help. If there are no lifeguards around ask a local in the carpark, more often than not they’ll offer to take you out and give you some information on the location.
4. Check your equipment
Always make sure you check your equipment before you get in the water. Check your leg rope for any knots or wear and tear. If the leg rope looks frayed in any way at all don’t take it out as you risk losing your board. Check that you have enough wax on your board so you don’t slip off and double check there are no dings in your surfboard. You always want to make sure your equipment is in great condition so you have no issues once you’re out in the water.
5. Have control of your surfboard
At all times you should be in control of your surfboard. This includes when you’re paddling out and when you’re sitting on your board that you make sure the nose/front of the board is pointing out to sea and not diagonal along the wave. This will ensure that if a wave comes you’ll be able to paddle over or turtle roll the wave. Always avoid ditching/letting go of your surfboard if a wave does come because if you do there is a lot of distance between you and the end of the board that you do not have control of.
Surfing is such a great activity, but just remember if you keep these five safety tips in mind you’ll be set to have a safe and fun time in the water!