10 tips for surfing Safely



10 tips for surfing Safely

Surfing is a relatively safe sport when compared to others, but the risk of accidents increases with bigger waves and when surfing areas with a coral or rock seabed.

10 tips for avoiding injuries:

  1. Never dive head first, as you could suffer serious neck injuries if you hit the bottom. Always fall flat in shallow waters.
  2. Protect your head with your arms until you come to the surface after wiping out.
  3. Stretch and do thorough warm-ups before each session.
  4. Try to avoid getting cold or too tired.
  5. Do functional training or practice yoga / Pilates.
  6. Do muscle strengthening exercises (back and shoulders).
  7. Assess the conditions of the sea and whether they are appropriate to your skill level.
  8. Adapt your kit to the prevailing conditions (for instance use a helmet when surfing over a rock bottom or very shallow waters, a bigger board for bigger waves, and check the condition and length of your leash).
  9. Respect priority rules.

When paddling out always paddle towards the white water when another surfer is riding the wave.

Most common causes of injuries (Taylor, 2004):

  • 50% being hit by board (82% hit by own board and 18% by another surfer’s)
  • 32% falling off the board
  • 18% hitting the bottom 

Instructors at Carcavelos Surf School ensure their students follow the safety rules to avoid accidents, and encourage them to adopt a defensive approach when surfing.
 
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