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

surfboards on store

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.


A New One Needed

It has been quite a while since I went diving because my mask broke. Well, this season I have decided to take a few diving trips. I do so love diving and I can see my two daughters taking right after me. I also love snorkeling, whitewater kayaking and many more activities. Let’s just say that if it is about the water, I just fall in love immediately.

Diving for me is therapeutic. Anytime that I feel pressed on down by issues, I tend to look for an escape and for me, it is in diving, taking nature walks, hiking and so on. However, it is diving that truly gives me the respite that I need all the time without failing. I am calmed by water and if I believed in reincarnation, I believe I would come back as a dolphin.

Planning a new diving holiday or getaway is always a lot of fun for me. To me, diving is a matter of life and death and so I plan it carefully. I must give my diving gear a thorough going over so that I am 100 percent sure that it is in perfect condition.

Need I say that one of the most important gear for my scuba diving adventures is the diving mask? This is usually the first one to go into my dive bag when I am packing my gear.

However, I have to get a new mask. Mine broke some time back. So before I go diving again, I have to buy a new one. I prefer to look for information online first on scubalist.pro for everything about diving. This is where I kicked off my research and I found two diving masks.

Here are two diving masks that I decided to buy, one for every dive use and the second one as my backup.

Cressi Panoramic diving mask

Cressi Panoramic

This diving mask has 3 and 4 window mask. This will give a large peripheral visibility while underwater and reduce the effect of claustrophobia. Another thing that I saw useful with Cressi Panoramic 4 is the fact that it is frameless. This means the silicone skirt joins directly to its lens.

This decreases drag and makes the mask lightweight. The silicone is high quality, which makes this mask seal securely and gently against your face. Since they do not hold lots of weight, it is easy to pack and travel with them to whatever diving site you want. In addition, this diving mask has adjustable buckles that you can easily alter accordingly.

This means your stress while diving will reduce, thus having a great experience. In addition, the adjustable buckle improves your ease of movement and helps the skirt for a better seal. I was attracted by the fact that I can adjust the fit according to my face.

The three side lenses give uninterrupted view underwater or outdoor. As a result, this mask gives room for maximum light and view. This mask is a good choice for a great underwater activity as it gives you an unadulterated wide view in the water.

 

Pros

Lightweight

Adjustable

Long lasting

Frameless mask

 

Cons

Limited colors

Speedo Dive Mask

Speedo

I liked this diving mask because of its curved lens, which gave clear visibility due to its great optics engineering. When underwater you should use a diving mask with the best visibility in all directions. With a push button fastener, you will be able to make adjustments either loosen or tighten your mask.  

The Speedo mask is perfect for any face shape. Therefore, you are guaranteed that they will look and fit great on you. In addition, its silicone skirt makes this mask durable and offers comfort to users. Another thing that attracted me to this diving mask was its external eye fit. This can remove raccoon eyes while underwater.

Visibility is important because you will know the direction you are taking to avoid confusion. This mask sits on the cheek perfectly, gives comfortable and leak-free fit. In case you wear this diving mask and you notice leaks, you can adjust it to your fit.

The clear lens gives a standard light level to your eyes. They also enhance glare safety and have the right colors for unpredictable conditions. You can also use them at dusk and indoors because they are light enough. In addition, their lens tint is appropriate to give a great view even while diving during sunny times. You can also go to this page for information about other diving masks that you can try.

Pros

Leak resistant

Comfortable

Durable

Latex-free

Quick, easy fit

 

Cons

A bit pricey


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

people underwater

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

people diving

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.