Water sports can be thrilling. But they can also be risky. You therefore need to know how to be safe, while engaging in such sports. And that question, of how to be safe while engaging in water sports, is the one we will be tackling in today’s article.
Firstly, you need to learn how to study sea conditions, and how to avoid hazardous conditions. You need, for instance, to know about rip currents, how to detect/predict them, how to avoid being caught up in them and so on. You need to know about the various types of sea waves, and how to handle them properly. You also need to know about tides, how tides change, and about the activities that are capable of being carried out during the various tide conditions.
Secondly, while engaging in water sports, you need to be highly visible. You need, at the very least, to wear outfits with conspicuous colors. This way, people can see you even from the shoreline (or from far off vessels) and assist you in good time, in case you get into obvious trouble.
Thirdly, while engaging in water sports, you need to wear protective gear. This is where, for instance, you’d be advised to wear a life jacket when engaging in water sports that involve boating.
Fourth, when engaging in water sports, you need to let others know about your whereabouts. As a matter of fact, you shouldn’t venture into the waters by yourself (unaccompanied), however tempting the prospect of doing so may be.
Fifth and needless to say, you need to acquire solid swimming skills, before starting to engage in water sports. Even the water sports that don’t entail venturing into the waters directly would nonetheless require you to have decent swimming skills. For instance, if you are boating or canoeing, and the vessel runs into serious difficulties, you should be in a position to swim to safety.