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 in Widemouth Bay we advise our pupils 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 in Widemouth Bay, your surf coach will show you how you can avoid rips.
How do you spot a Rip Current?
Rip currents are identified by-
- Debris on the surface of the water
- Sand, seaweed and other items churning in the water(discolouration)
- Lack of waves
If you do get caught in a rip, 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
- 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 and ask for the Coastguard.
We include safety information in all of our surf lessons in Widemouth Bay and can advise on the best time to go surfing if by yourself. If in doubt always ask a lifeguard or a surf coach as they will know the beaches best.
Check out our getting into surfing guide here.
Stay safe in and around the sea this summer.