Whenever you start a new sport, it is always worth getting advice and a lesson from a professional. This is particularly important with any watersport, as there might be some factors that can affect your enjoyment in the water and can cause a few problems. If you are a beginner to surfing, you should always choose a lifeguarded beach, but you should always have an understanding of the beach environment as a start. During our surf lessons Bude we advise our clients on the best places to enjoy the water and how to avoid a rip.
Rips are strong currents that can quickly take you from being safe in the shallows, to being out of your depth. During your surf lessons your surf coach and Lifeguards can show you how you can avoid rips, but if you do get caught in one there are a few things to remember:
- stay calm – don’t panic
- if you can stand, wade don’t swim
- keep hold of your board or inflatable to help you float
- raise your hand and shout for help
- never try to swim directly against the rip or you’ll get exhausted
- relax, stay calm and let the rip take you around to the breaking waves
- if you see anyone else in trouble, alert the lifeguards or call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.