Surfing Safety & Guidelines

Surfing Dangers

Surfing Safety & Guidelines - Surfing DangersWater sports always have the element of danger, and Surfing is no exception. Others think that this makes the activity a lot more exciting and challenging, but this should not be a reason not to take safety seriously. It is crucial to have a better understanding of what it is out there and know what you are up against so you will be able to be on your guard and take the necessary precautions. This section takes a closer look at several potential dangers in Surfing and what you can do when you encounter them:

    • Collisions
      Some injuries are caused by the fins or nose of the board hitting a surfer, while others are due to collisions of two of more surfers. Those who do not comply with the established Surfing Rules & Etiquette pose risks to other water users. Do not get in other people’s way to avoid any collisions.
    • Elements of the sea
      The sea itself can be a dangerous playground. Sand, boulders, and coral reef are some of its features that you should pay particular attention to. If possible, scan the Surf Spot at low tide so you will be able to determine the areas where you may run the risk of coming into contact with boulders.Reef Breaks often have great waves for Surfing, but keep an eye on the coral reef. You can get cuts if you hit a coral, and colliding with one can be very painful. Head protection is important when surfing with corals below you.
    • Animal life
      Jellyfish, urchins, rays, and sharks are some of the animals you may see or encounter in a Surfing Spot. You do not have to be afraid of them, just keep in mind that you are in their natural habitat, and it is unwise to make them feel like you are threatening them.
    • Rips & Currents
      A rip refers to the swell which drains away and flows back to the sea. Keep away from being caught in a rip. It can drift you out to the sea very quickly. Never paddle against a rip. Stay calm and paddle out of the current by following the direction of the shoreline.A change in weather can lead to a change in the waves and current. Make sure to check the weather forecast before heading out.
  • Water conditions & Weather
    Wearing Surfing Clothes and Surf Gear suitable for the conditions of the area you are surfing in will greatly help minimize the chances of getting conditions such as Hypothermia and Surfer’s ear. Wear a Wetsuit when surfing in cold water. If you are a regular cold water surfer, use Ear Plugs to protect your ears. Weather forecast should be checked before surfing so you will be able to get a good idea on what conditions to expect when you reach the beach.

Do not let fear and danger keep you from riding the waves. Sure, it can be really dangerous. Just keep a clear mindset that the risks will always be there but you can do something to be out of harm’s way at all times. Go with the flow, enjoy, and have a Safe Surfing experience!