News

New Surfing Safety Campaign

New Surfing Safety Campaign

The opportunity to enjoy Ireland’s breathtaking beaches is too often tempered with news of tragic aquatic fatalities. Irish Water Safety has partnered with the Irish Surfing Association to proactively address the safety of surfers nationwide by producing a key safety resource – a ‘Stay Safe on the Surf’ poster. The free poster is available from both organisations and is distributed to surf shops so that surfers are aware of the dangers and know how to stay safe.

Ireland has some of the finest surfing conditions in the world and with the launch of this new safety guide the growing number of Irish surfers can look forward to a safer surfing environment by taking responsibility for their own safety. All surfing interests are requested to promote this simple code of safe practice to ensure that aquatic injuries and drowning do not happen as more people enjoy this very popular water sport.

Key safety points to staying safe when surfing:

1.    Be able to swim.

2.    Get proper instruction at an ISA approved surf school or club.

3.    Check local knowledge with lifeguards or experienced surfers.

4.    Study the waves and only go out if you are capable in the conditions that prevail. Stick to beaches until you are experienced. Do not be over-confident.

5.    Learn to observe the ocean to identify rips, wind changes and other hazards. If caught in a rip, always paddle across current to safety.

6.    Never go out at night when darkness is approaching.

7.    When you ‘wipeout’, do not come to the surface too soon. Protect your head with your arms as you come to the surface. Wear a safety helmet.

8.    Check your equipment, especially your leash. It is much easier to spot a brightly coloured board and wetsuit at sea in the event of you requiring rescue.

9.    Never go out in the surf alone.

10.  Check the weather and tides before you paddle out. Spring high tides can make entering and exiting the water dangerous.

11.  Advise someone ashore where you are going and when you will be back.

12.  Have respect for other surfers and don’t be afraid to ask for advice.

13.  Don’t be a hazard to swimmers or other water users. Always check behind you for other water users before abandoning your surfboard to dive under a wave.

14.  If you find yourself in difficulty, stay calm. Do not discard your board. Wave your arms in the air to attract attention and shout for help.

15.  If you see someone in difficulty, ring 112 or 999 and ask for Marine Rescue.

Click to add a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in News

25th Irish Travel Trade Awards Winners

It’s Awards Time – Don’t Forget Your Business Cards!

Neil SteedmanNovember 23, 2017
IMG_1757

PATA Decides to Expand UK Chapter to Include Ireland

Michael FloodNovember 23, 2017
Taktsang Monastery Featured Image

Wonders of Bhutan: Thimphu, Haa Valley and Taktsang Monastery

Neil SteedmanNovember 23, 2017
Iberia Express Cork-Madrid

Iberia Express Expands Cork-Madrid Route for Summer 2018

Neil SteedmanNovember 23, 2017
Cobalt Aircraft

Cobalt Air Announces Year-Round Flights from Dublin to Cyprus

Neil SteedmanNovember 23, 2017
aer-lingus-a320

Aer Lingus Black Friday Fare Offers Have Arrived

Neil SteedmanNovember 23, 2017
Emirates Thales Next-Generation IFEC

Emirates Partners with Thales for Next-Generation Broadband Connectivity

Neil SteedmanNovember 23, 2017
IMG_1828

Galway Hosts Successful Worldchoice Conference 2017

Michael FloodNovember 21, 2017
Aer Lingus Seattle

Aer Lingus Announces New 
Direct Route to Seattle

Neil SteedmanNovember 21, 2017

Copyright © 2016 Belgrave Group Limited, C4 Nutgrove Office Park, Nutgrove Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14, Ireland