Few water sports are as thrillingly adventurous as windsurfing. Watching the ocean pass beneath you as you harness the power of nature is an unforgettable experience.
It is also a fantastic and memorable way to explore new surroundings, particularly on holiday as it offers a unique view of foreign waters and coastline. The last thing you want to happen, then, is to suffer an accident on holiday and spend the rest of your trip laid up before having to make a claim for travel accident compensation.
It is essential, therefore, that you consider the many vital safety elements before heading out onto the water.
How can I avoid injuries on holiday whilst windsurfing?
The first step may seem simple and obvious, but that doesn’t make it any less important. Windsurfing is not something you can teach yourself and trying to is likely to only result in problems and holiday injuries.
In fact, many places abroad don’t hire equipment out to first timers, instead wisely insisting that you have a lesson first. This is not simply a money-making exercise, it is a vital step to ensuring your holiday memories are not marred by nasty experiences and serious personal injuries on holiday.
Get the right equipment
The other benefit of having a lesson and consulting with professionals first is that they will be able to advise you on exactly what type of board and sail would suit you best. According to your size and strength, you need a windsurf that you can keep control of.
Stay in the right areas
A number of places abroad that offer windsurfing lessons and equipment will have designated areas marked out in the bay for you to practice and perfect your technique in. Staying in these areas will keep you safe and ensure that, should any holiday accidents occur, help can reach you quickly.
The more confident and competent you become, the more you may want to explore. In this case, always keep the shoreline in your vision and ensure, at the very least, that somebody on land knows where you have gone.
If you do suffer injuries whilst travelling, Accident Advice Helpline can help you establish whether or not you have a case for holiday accident compensation.
With over 10 years’ experience in this and many other types of cases, their level of expertise means that your case is likely to be settled out of court.
Date Published: November 13, 2013
Author: David Brown