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    Survivor guide: Snowboarding


    Survivor guide: Snowboarding

    As winter sports go, few are as exhilarating or aesthetically dramatic as snowboarding. Everything about it, from the fashion and location to the moves and activity itself, screams adrenalin-fuelled fun and unforgettable adventure.

    The landscape soon changes, however, with the associated dangers, particularly slips, trips, and falls. There are numerous safety points to consider with snowboarding, not least because of the usual conditions and locations.

    For beginners, the learning curve can be fraught with danger, particularly if you try and progress too fast.

    How can I avoid suffering public accident injuries whilst snowboarding?

    Fortunately, there are numerous safety tips and suggestions you can employ to ensure your snowboarding adventure remains memorable for all the right reasons.

    Equipment and clothing

    Snowboarding is not the activity to try and cut corners or hunt for a bargain. Having the right gear is essential to staying safe, not only in terms of avoiding public accidents but also when it comes to simple comforts like keeping warm.

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    Cheaper clothing is likely to either be far less effective or not stand up to much wear and tear. Therefore, before you go, you need to do a little bit of research and find the best quality. It’s also important to remember that, while it may be cold, it will also be sunny.

    Practice

    This really is the crux of staying safe and avoiding personal injuries when it comes to snowboarding. Unlike other sports, it is not really an activity where you can get the gear and figure it out for yourself. Complete beginners are strongly advised to have at least one introductory lesson and maybe even practise on supervised dry slopes before trying out the real thing.

    Many places offer group sessions for beginners or inexperienced riders, and learning the basics under professional supervision can hugely reduce the chances of suffering a public slip or fall.

    Safety in numbers

    You should never, no matter how experienced, snowboard alone. At the very least, you ought to tell people where you are going. A trip or fall can be debilitating and lone boarders might not be found for a considerable length of time which, given the temperatures and environment, can be extremely dangerous.

    If you do suffer a trip or fall in public which was the fault of someone else, remember that you may be due some injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline can assist with your public accident claim. Call us now on 0800 689 0500.

    Date Published: November 13, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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