Swimming in the surf is an entirely different challenge to swimming in calm waters. While other freshwater bodies, such as lakes, may present their own challenges, swimming in the surf of the sea is an activity not for the faint-hearted.
If you decide to give swimming in the surf a go during your holiday, it is important to wise up on some health and safety tips to ensure you stay safe and avoid holiday injuries. After all, if you are to blame for your accident abroad, there’s no travel accident compensation to fall back on.
Staying safe when swimming in the surf
Not everyone loves the feeling of cutting loose and swimming in the surf. However, if you are partial to thrills and spills, and swimming in the surf is part of your holiday itinerary, there are some simple tips to follow which will keep you safe in the sea.
Here are five crucial tips to bear in mind while you take a plunge:
- Monitor the motions: sussing out the surf before you go swimming can help you prepare mentally for what you are about to experience. Look at how the sea is moving, how other swimmers are reacting. Never attempt swimming in the surf if the current looks too challenging or you have be warned against it by your hotel, signage, or local lifeguards.
- Take it step by step, quite literally: enter the shallow waters and get a feel for the ocean’s behaviour. As you go deeper notice the current and watch out for any hidden surprises, such as rip currents, which can be hazardous.
- Dive like a dolphin: never stay still when you are swimming in the surf; when the water is at knee level you need to dolphin dive under the waves. Repeat this motion until the waves cease crashing.
- Knee-high nightmares: you should never be on your feet once water reaches knee height. You can be knocked backwards, losing control and energy.
- Secure your spot: when you have finished swimming in the surf, calmly make your way back to shore. Say focussed on the area you want to reach, and swim hard.
Claiming compensation for accidents abroad
If you have been involved in an accident abroad that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to claim travel accident compensation.
For more information on how to make a travel accident compensation claim, speak with one of our specialist advisors today on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.