Bodyboarding in Cornwall has long been a staple on the list of Great British holidays. The beaches in Cornwall rival the coastlines of anywhere in the world. The only drawback, as ever, is the weather. When the sun is shining, few holidays beat bodyboarding in Cornwall. Having said that, the threat of accidents on holiday is never too far away.
What are the main dangers of bodyboarding in Cornwall?
Currents and tides. The best bodyboarding and surfing beaches are also home to the most volatile currents. They are an unavoidable hazard when it comes to finding the best surfing beaches. The currents that produce the big waves are the same as those that put holidaymakers in danger.
Getting stuck in a sea current is one of the scariest accidents on holiday you can have. You feel completely helpless as mother nature’s power sweeps you out to sea. If you find yourself in this situation, staying calm is essential. Don’t fight the current, doing so will simply waste your energy.
Instead, swim sideways until you are out of the slipstream before heading back to shore. Of course, the easiest way to avoid these sorts of holiday accidents is to follow a few basic safety precautions:
- Only go in the sea at beaches with lifeguards. Bodyboarding in Cornwall is immensely popular, so you won’t be short of options.
- Stay within the designated area. These will be indicated by flags.
- Let other people in your holiday party know where you are.
- Only out as far as you feel comfortable with.
Drowning. The most serious and tragic consequence of an accident on holiday is, of course, drowning. People who go bodyboarding in Cornwall need to take care to avoid these tragic accidents. Make sure you don’t go off on your own. Having people around means help will be at hand. Don’t try and take on big waves unless you are confident in your ability to deal with them. Being thrown from your board can be disorientating and panic can easily set in. Finally, stay well away from rocks to prevent head injuries.
Making a holiday claim
Accidents on holiday are never nice. Serious ones can ruin what should be one of the highlights of the year. If you are injured on holiday in an accident that wasn’t your fault, remember you may be due compensation.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 for more information.
Date Published: April 24, 2017
Author: Accident Advice