We wanted to share some tips with you on how to stay safe in the sea when you go surfing! On our Surf and Yoga Retreats in Cornwall and Portugal, our expert instructors will run through everything you need to know to stay safe in the sea. Read below for some advice on things to consider before heading out to surf on your own or with friends!
5 tips for helping you stay safe when you go surfing:
1. Get to know the beaches.
On our retreats we will always take you to the best beaches for the days conditions and give you expert local knowledge . It’s always good to think of the following when surfing somewhere new: Is the beach lifeguarded? Are there hazards such as rocks, rips, rivers and big sand banks? Knowing these factors can help you determine where to surf for your ability.
2. Is the beach lifeguarded and if so learn what the flags mean.
If you’re a surfer, or learning to surf, in the UK you need to stay between the black and white flags. If you’re a swimmer then stay between to the red and yellow flags. If you see a red flag it is deemed unsafe to surf or swim. Respect the lifeguards, they are there to keep you safe.
3. Check the tides before you surf.
Knowing the state of tide before you surf is really important. If you know the waves at your local beach can become very dumpy at low tide, or there is a steep bank at high tide, you can avoid these times. Buy a tide book for your local beaches or check surf-forecasting websites, it’s always valuable to ask the locals, the surfers in the local surf shops and the lifeguards on the beach will share their knowledge with you.
4. Surf with friends.
If you’re not a confident surfer it is always better to surf with a friend rather than by yourself, especially if the beach you’re on isn’t lifeguarded. This way if you get into difficulty you will be with someone who can help you or go for help.
5. Be Aware of what’s around you in the water.
When the surf is good and in the summer months the water can get extremely busy so try and keep a watchful eye on those around you. Most surf related injuries are caused by other people; watch out for flying surfboards or people who can’t control their boards, and always keep control of your own board.
Have fun and stay safe in the sea!
Thanks for the inspiration from Surfgirl Magazine for the advice in this post!