Surfer’s Safety

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

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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

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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.

First Timers

I used to watch scuba divers online and I fell in love with the crazy fun that they were having. My interest in this sport increased and I had no choice other than get the training on the same. Now I have five years of scuba diving behind my belt. This time my friends have joined me but I have a few tips I can give them and any other beginner interested to scuba dive.

Learn to scuba dive from experts first

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Since I was a kid, I had a lot of interest in scuba diving. I mentioned my interest to my parents and they were ready to take me to learn everything about diving. You also should never dive in water if you are not prepared. Instead, you should go to a reputable instructor to teach you how to scuba dive and how to pack a reliable part of the set that you will use for diving.

The training you get will affect the experience you will have while diving. Since your skills will depend on the kind of training that you get, you should select instructors for their expertise and experience. Carry out research about the instructor, if need be. Scuba diving can make you nervous. The instructor should have the expertise to help you relax.

In addition, the course requires lots of exercise to gains skills. Therefore, the instructor should be patient with your learning progress. You can visit their online sites, read customer reviews and see their experience. In addition, you can practice yoga and swimming to increase your comfort and confidence while you are underwater.

Only go diving when you are healthy

Do you have breathing complications, sinus infections or other conditions concerning your health? If so, you might think of postponing your first-time scuba diving. If, for instance, you have sinus infections, diving in 20 to 30 feet will put excessive force on your ears, which is not comfortable. I would not advise you to compromise your first time experience. Instead, you should wait until the time you feel healthy and comfortable to be in open/wide water bodies.

Apart from taking care of your body, you should also check the safety of the devices you will use. You should avoid diving with equipments that have air leaks, abnormal odor or broken ones. As for my case, I am always cautious of my regulator. I know I cannot survive underwater without breathing. Your instructor should teach you how to use your regulator and how to recover it should need be.    

Relax, panic can kill

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According to report, panic causes more than 20% of scuba diving deaths. Well, I am not making that statement to frighten you. You should not take a precaution lightly. Since I have several years of diving, I know what I am saying and believe me, I have seen one person die from a freak diving experience. When you dive, keep in mind that the fresh air you breathe will be a few feet above.

Relax and enjoy your diving experience. If you are over-excited or anxious, your breathing rate will increase. This means you will be using your regulated oxygen severally. That is why you should train yourself on how to relax while underwater.

If you are not comfortable diving alone, you can join your friends. Always keep eye contact with them and you can bang your tank in case you want to communicate. All the same, scuba diving is fun and it offers you the ultimate relaxation.