If you’re counting down the days to a summer holiday, you may be looking forward to soaking up the sunshine, spending time at the beach and testing your skills in the water. Many of us like to hit the waves and give water sports a go while we’re on holiday. Sports like surfing are great fun, and you can learn quickly, but it is a good idea to bear some safety tips in mind. If you’re a beginner, for example, it’s wise to be wary of the dangers of surfing alone.
The dangers of surfing alone
When you think about surfing, images of professionals rising gracefully above rolling waves probably pop into your head. It’s very easy to assume that surfing is easy if you’re used to seeing images in magazines or watching professional competitions on TV. In reality, surfing is actually pretty difficult. It’s tough enough to master the art of being able to stand up and keep your balance on a board, let alone when you throw in high winds, strong currents and unpredictable weather conditions. If you are a novice or you don’t have much experience, it’s best to avoid surfing alone.
If something happens to you while you’re out in the water, and you haven’t got friends or family for company, it may take a long time for anyone else to notice that you’re injured. Having somebody with you means they can raise the alarm and get help. If you need urgent assistance, that person can help to drag you from the water and having a surf buddy could even save your life.
Causes of surfing injuries
Surfing is one of those sports where professionals make it look effortless. This can lull you into a false sense of security. In reality, surfing can actually be a very difficult, and also a very dangerous, activity. The most common causes of surfing injuries include:
- Cuts and scrapes
- Strains and sprains
- Swimmer’s ear (this occurs when the outer ear becomes painful as a result of swelling or infection)
If you’ve been involved in a surfing accident and you’d like to claim compensation for surfing injuries, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone. If your water sports accident happened in the last three years, and you have evidence that demonstrates that you were not at fault, our injury lawyers will do all they can to make your no-win, no-fee claim a success.