Summer months are synonymous to sand, sea, and sun but for most thrill-seekers, water escapades can happen all-year-round. Water sports and swimming lessons know no season! However, before you plunge into the waters, get to know these eight safety tips that will prepare you for your water sports activities.
Learn how to swim.
This might sound like a cliché but this is a must for anyone who wants to engage in water sports. There’s a reason why most parents enroll their kids in swimming lessons. It is a necessary life skill not only for survival but for water sports safety as well. You will only truly enjoy river rafting if you’re confident that you can swim in case the raft flips over.
Wear a life jacket and other proper equipment.
Knowing how to swim will keep you alive and wearing a life jacket doubles your safety. Some refuse to wear this bright orange floatation device because they might think that their beach pictures would become less fashionable. Yet, always remember that safe is the new sexy! Make sure that you also have the necessary equipment. Snorkelers, for example, would need a snorkel, mask, goggles, and diving fins.
Never underestimate how sunlight can be harsh for your skin. Without sunscreen, you might be coming back to the shore with a bad sunburn and a risk for skin disease. It is recommended to put on SPF 50 sunscreen 30 minutes before hitting the beach.
Join the safety orientation.
Most organized water sports activities like surfing, kayaking, and wakeboarding, have a safety orientation. Make sure to listen intently to the safety guidelines. Be mindful of off-limits areas. Participants may not be allowed to go to very deep waters. Avoid potentially dangerous rocks and breakwaters.
Check the weather forecast.
The forces of nature can be unforgiving so be sure to check the weather a day before your scheduled trip. If strong winds and rains are anticipated, it is best to postpone that paddle boarding activity in the lagoon. Aside from the weather forecast from your smartphone, check advisories from the official Coast Guard and weather agencies in your country as well.
Be trained in your chosen water sport.
If it is your first time to ride a surfboard, ensure that you train with a surf instructor before heading out to the sea. Never engage in a water sport alone if you have no prior experience.
Know when to go out of the water.
Staying long in the water can be tiring. If you experience cramps or feel tired, head to land immediately. If you are not confident with your swimming ability, stay in shallow waters close to the shore.
Respect the environment.
Be a responsible adventurer by being respectful to marine life, other animals, and all plant life that you may encounter. As a visitor, do no harm by keeping your distance. At sea, do not touch or step on corals. Refrain from taking seashells and buying charms and dried animals.
Water sports provide unlimited fun and adrenaline. However, all adventures come with risks. Follow the safety tips above and it will spell the difference for worry-free and fun-filled thrills in the water.