You go on holiday to avoid problems, not create more, so it's important to stay safe. Surfing is an exciting way to get rid of your tensions if you follow a couple of basic safety tips.

1) Know How to Swim – It may seem clear, but some people may not understand there are no boats on surfboards. You're going to end in the water. You will be in trouble if you don't know how to swim.

2) Be not a hero. Some people surfing — *cough* young men *cough* — like to show off on the water. Avoid the temptation to surf in unprepared conditions. At best, you will look stupid; at worst, you are going to risk your life. You will look better when surfing in situations with which you are comfortable.

3) Use a leash; we remind you once more that you're going to fall into the water. You can lose your board without a leash. Your loose board is not only a risk to surfers around you. You and other surfers are kept safe by leashes. Note that a leash is not a device to save lives. The leash can break during heavy surfing, leaving you stranded unless you're a good swimmer.

4) Watch Other Surfers - You're not the only one on the water out. Surfers, particularly those who are active in the wave, have limited control over their boards. If you get into their way suddenly, they might not be able to avoid you.

5) Beware of Rip Currents - Surfing is pretty safe, but hazards exist. As the waves break against the beach, the water is pulled back by gravity. Water sometimes follows a narrow path, creating a powerful current that moves away from the shore, called a ripple or a riptide. You can ride on the waves if you know there is a rip, but it may be scary if you are caught unforeseen in one. Relax. An incision won't pull you down. Swim or paddle over the current — not over the present — until you feel relaxed and then return to the shore.

6) Watch your head; no, you're not going to have a helmet to wear. However, you must be careful to swim back to the surface when you fall off your board since it can hit you. Use your arms to protect your head until your board is located.

7) Make your friend - Don't surf alone. It's best to have a buddy so that you can look at each other. Make friends with other surfers if you're on vacation alone or with people who do not enjoy surfing. Most of them are friendly and will be happy to watch you. Return the favor. Return the favor. If you see a surfer in difficulty, move in.

You want to surf on the beach, not in the emergency room. Follow the basic safety guidelines for the best holiday you've ever had.

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