Open water adventure is an exciting, adrenaline-pumping, and enjoyable experience. The laws of the sea should always be followed, regardless matter whether you’re an experienced kayaker or a nervous rookie surfer. Even with lifeguards on duty, you are ultimately in charge of your own safety. More than 70% of the surface of our planet is covered by the ocean, which is not only lovely, tranquil, and wild but also immense, mysterious, and occasionally hazardous. The water deserves our respect since it is home to amazing marine life, produces oxygen for humans, and offers so many chances for outdoor recreation. Although the seas are often salty and crystal clear, they can provide dangers such as rip currents, coast breaks, and tidal floods. Knowing what to watch out for and how to respond will help you stay safe and get the most out of the journey.
Whether you plan to spend the day at the beach or want to take up swimming as a pastime, stay aware about important safety precautions. Always swim with a friend and at a beach where lifeguards are present. Consider where the majority of other swimmers are and try to swim there as well. Keep in mind that swimming in open water is rarely current-free. Before entering the water, check the weather forecast and the tidal schedule and be aware that rip currents, tides, and waves will all pull you in various ways. Be aware that swimmers who face rip currents frequently drown from tiredness and fear. The best course of action if you get caught while swimming between flags is to float parallel to the shoreline until you exit the current, signal for assistance with your hand and voice, and keep in mind that rip currents do not pull you under the water; rather, they simply drag you farther out into the open water. You will eventually be able to swim away from one.
Make sure you can swim well before getting on a surfboard. As mentioned above, you should always verify the tidal schedule and weather forecast before going surfing, and you should never surf alone. Before entering, thoroughly inspect your equipment. Check to see that your leash is in excellent condition, your surfboard has a vibrant colour, and the fins are not sharply pointed. The first thing you should do after losing control is cover your head with your arms to keep from plunging into the water face-first. Maintain control of your surfboard at all times to avoid hurting someone and to avoid getting struck in the face by approaching waves. Also keep in mind that because water reflects sunlight, burns and sunstroke are common when surfing. Invest in a high-quality rash guard, cover your face with sunscreen, and wear a high SPF.
A life jacket specifically made for kayakers is required when kayaking in open water. A life jacket, which is cosy and unrestrictive, will make sure you float if you capsize. Keep in mind to only paddle in situations appropriate for your kayaking abilities. Look for locations with secure entry and exit points that are shielded from wind and waves. Make sure your kayak is watertight and clear of holes before getting in the water, and make sure you are wearing a helmet and a buoyancy aid. Make sure you have a basic repair kit with you and a cell phone in a waterproof pouch in case you need to make an emergency call. Wear a drysuit or a wetsuit depending on the weather, and abide by the rip current, weather forecast, and tide rules in order to prevent hypothermia. A safety lesson on how to exit a capsized kayak should have been taken, and you should be aware of the risks posed by low-hanging objects and submerged trees.
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