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    Esther Rantzen

    Beach accidents: Watercraft hire on lads holidays


    When you set off on a lads’ holiday, the odds are you and your friends are going to want to have fun on the water. Most beaches offer tourists the chance to hire watercraft equipment, and whether you want to try your hand at jet skiing, or cruise around in a pedalo, you’ll be able to do so easily whilst on your lads’ holiday. But where there is watercraft, there are risks of beach accidents, and to make sure you’re not looking to gain travel accident compensation along with a golden tan, here are some safety issues to be aware of.

    Don’t stray too far

    When you hire water sports equipment, the establishment which you hire from will likely brief you on the area and how far you should venture out, whilst telling you areas of the sea to avoid. Ensure you absolutely abide by their rules. Strong currents and rip tides can cause a whole host of holiday accidents, and over a third of drownings abroad happen because of these things.

    Avoiding slips, trips and falls

    Where there is water, there are slippery surfaces, and slips and trips can cause a plethora of injuries when trying out watercraft abroad. Make sure you are careful when stepping off and on all equipment and stand only where you’re supposed to on a boat or paddling vessel. A trip or slip abroad could end your holiday fun abruptly.

    Wear safety equipment

    When you hire your water craft, depending on the sport, the hire company should offer you some safety equipment to wear and whether you’re snorkelling, kayaking, diving or jet skiing, make sure that you wear the equipment properly. So many holiday accidents occur because small, simple safety precautions are ignored and pushed aside.

    Avoid being under the influence

    A holiday wouldn’t be a holiday without some self-indulgence, but when it comes to water sports and water activities, alcohol and other substances do not mix and six per cent of water fatalities come down to people using water crafts whilst influenced by alcohol. When you decide to venture into the water, make sure you are not over the legal limit, and this way, your risk of an accident abroad is minimised.

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    When you travel abroad and pay for a service, it is up to that service provider to provide you with safety equipment, advice and instructions. If these things are neglected, a holiday injury can occur, and it is not the victim’s fault. If you have recently suffered an injury abroad, Accident Advice Helpline can help you claim the compensation you deserve.

    Date Published: July 8, 2014

    Author: Accident Advice

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