Surfing gives you a whole new way to both see and explore the water. It also lets you burn calories in a fun and exciting way. Even if you don't have a board of your own, you can rent one for a few hours or a whole day. Many beaches even have shops that offer classes for beginners. You can take a class with a few other people or take a solo class by yourself. While hitting the surf is a fun way to spend the day, you need to know how to stay safe while riding those waves too.
Wear Protective Gear
Even if the weather is nice and the sun is in the sky, you should always wear protective gear like a wetsuit. Wetsuits now come in a variety of colors and designs. Some look more like a unitard and cover just your stomach and chest. Others are full-length suits that cover both your arms and legs. You'll also find designs that stop at the knee or at the elbow. A wetsuit acts like padding and protects your skin when you bump up against the reef.
No matter what type of wetsuit you wear, you should also apply sunscreen before hopping in the water. Reef friendly sunscreen is perfect for wearing in the water while surfing. It does a good job of blocking the rays that can bounce off the coral reef. It also has a tendency to last longer than other types of sunscreen do. As with any similar product, you should reapply the sunscreen a few times during the day. Even products designed for use in the water or around the reef can wear off and stop offering protection.
Never Surf Alone
Surfing alone is potentially dangerous for a few reasons. If you hit your head on the reef, or you have a particularly bad wipe out, you need someone nearby who can help you and get you out of the water. The 2016 film starring Blake Lively, “The Shallows,” tells the story of a young woman surfing by herself and her encounters with a shark in the water. While fictional, it does give you a good idea of what might happen. If you insist on surfing alone, make sure that someone knows where you are. With these tips, you can stay safe and still have fun surfing.