Surfing is a great adventure and it can give you memorable experiences of a lifetime. However, you should take caution before you start. Surfing involves a good amount of risk. Therefore, you should be armed with the right safety procedures to employ should you encounter threatening situations.
Here are a few surfing safety tips for surfers:
Learn all that you can about surfing
Start by learning the basics of surfing. Do not take the risk of stepping on that surfing board if you do not know how to surf. Take lessons from a reputable diving school that offers surfing and swimming lessons. Knowing how to swim will help you a lot in case you fall off your surfing board. Use the best resources that you can find to learn about surfing, even before you go for training.
Observe the weather keenly
You should never go surfing when the weather is not appealing. If you encounter unpredictable situations like thunderstorms, it is essential that you get out of the water as fast as possible. In the past, I never knew it was dangerous to swim when there was lightning. Well, I came to learn that salt water can conduct electricity and can expose me to the risk of electrocution. I love surfing in high water currents but storms and winds can affect the strength and direction of the waves. You should avoid this risk especially if you are a beginner.
Work on your physical fitness
Surfing requires lots of energy and tactics to succeed/enjoy. You should work on your muscles; ensure that you can overcome unseen or strong waves. I would not recommend you to surf if your weight hinders you from having proper breathing. You should learn how to hold breath under water. A fit body will help you overcome any challenge that might come your way.
Take note of other surfers and your surroundings
Just as you do while driving, you should take note of other surfers in your area too. For instance, you should check the ones using the off and on wave. Some notorious surfers might steal surfing equipment from other surfers. Stay keen and most importantly, give the other surfers their space. There is a lot of ocean for everyone.
Be familiar with the landscape
You should never surf in an unfamiliar landscape where you do not know the shallow or deep ends. Some of the lookouts are piers, cliffs, coral cuts, jetties, rocks and boulders. As a new surfer, I used to rent my equipment. At the rent shops, I would also ask them about the risks in the area I want to surf. This knowledge helped me to know my boundaries and to minimize surfing risks.
Get the right equipment
Surfing requires a surfboard. I bought an eight-foot soft surfboard because it easily floats, it’s stable and big enough. As a beginner, I used to lose my board and fall all the time. At times, I used to hit other surfers and they did not take that experience lightly. Well, you can avoid such experiences when you get the right board. Work on your body fitness as this is an energy-intensive sport.