Participating in water sports on holiday can be exciting, adrenaline-pumping fun. There are, however, risks holidaymakers should be aware of.
Water sports on holiday
Some of the most common water sports on holiday, known to quite frequently result in occasionally serious and even fatal personal injuries, include, for example:
- Towed inflatable rides, parasailing and jet-skiing
- Water-skiing, windsurfing and kitesurfing
- Diving and snorkelling
Risks involved include, among others:
- Crashing into piers, rocks or other water users
- Falling from height
- Drowning or near drowning
In many cases, water sports accidents are caused by:
- Lack of experience
- Poorly maintained equipment
- Disregard or ignorance of potential risks by either operators or participants
- Inadequate safety equipment or procedures
In order to prevent accidental injuries while participating in water sports on holiday, it is therefore extremely important to:
- Use a responsible operator
- Check that equipment is in good, safe condition
- Make sure protective equipment, such as life jackets, buoyancy aids, and protective head gear, for example, is provided
On-board or beach-based observers should also be present, as should first aid equipment and facilities, such as a second boat, to rescue participants quickly in case of accidents. Adequate training in the use of equipment and safety or emergency procedures should also be provided. Naturally, it is important to follow instructions in order to help prevent personal injuries.
Poor housekeeping on boats, on jetties, or in equipment stores, may also result in injuries by slips, trips and falls.
Minding your step is imperative and, if this little care is being taken to protect you against injuries by slipping, tripping or falling, it may well be worth double checking other equipment and procedures to ensure they are not handled in the same slapdash fashion.
When something happens
If, in spite of your best efforts to prevent an accident on holiday, you sustain an injury by tripping, slipping or falling or any kind of water sports incident through no fault on your part, you may be eligible to claim for compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline
We have over 15 years’ experience and an impeccable track record in handling travel accident compensation claims. If you believe you may have a case for a claim, call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 or, when calling from your mobile, 0333 500 0993, to take advantage of our in-house solicitors’ skills and experience on a no-win, no-fee* basis.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice