Despite its reputation surfing is usually considered to be a fairly safe sport, with few, normally comparatively minor injuries suffered each year, from cuts and bruises to sprains and fractures. However, as well as being a strong swimmer you need to be relatively fit and have adequate training in varying surfing techniques to avoid an injury while surfing.
To avoid cramps, surfers should not eat for around 60 minutes before surfing and also wear sunscreen or a decent quality wetsuit. There are a few other things you can do to prevent surfing accidents and here are just a few:
- Carry out equipment checks
Surf boards and all equipment should be checked to ensure it is not damaged and likely to cause injuries while surfing.
- Be aware of surroundings
You need to be aware of other surfers and keep well out of their way in order to prevent accidents or collisions, not just for your sake, but theirs’ too.
- Keep an eye on the tide
A change in tide can mean surfers are cut off from land very quickly, so it is well worth getting hold of a tide time-table before taking to the water. Tides can not only affect breaks, but often turn usually safe areas into highly dangerous places for inexperienced surfers.
- Look at a weather forecast
Sudden storms can pose a serious risk of injury to surfers, so you need to be aware of any weather changes. Drifting against rocks or being carried out to sea are real dangers in stormy weather, so you need to know what is over the horizon.
- Check for rip currents
Rips can take surfers way out into the sea and make it almost impossible to get back to dry land. Caused by retreating waves and strong underwater currents, rips are one of the biggest threats a surfer can face.
Making a public liability claim
If you were injured while surfing you may be eligible for personal injury compensation.
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Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice