Surfing is a popular past time for many people but it can be dangerous and it's helpful to know some simple tips to staying safe and keeping your friends safe while surfing.
Basic safe surfing tips for beginners...
- Know how to swim before you try surfing.
- Take a surfing lesson to help get you started.
- Always let someone know where you are and when you plan to be back.
- Learn first aid and CPR - it's always good to be prepared to save a life.
- Always stay with your board and use a leash.
- Look out for other surfers and be aware of your surroundings.
- Be prepared to help others and call 000 in any emergency.
- Don't surf alone - take a friend with you.
- Check the weather, tides and surf conditions before you go.
- Spend time observing the ocean before you run in.
- Don't overestimate your ability - if it looks too rough, don't risk it.
- Go for a brightly coloured board and wet suit so you can be easily seen.
- Only surf at a patrolled beach - this way you know there is help nearby.
- Oberve the shore for rip currents and if you do get pulled out in one, stay with you board and stay calm.
Want to learn more about surf safety and become a safe surfing pro? Check out this safe surfer series with the world's best surf writer Nick Caroll.
The code is set of universal rules and tips that have been created over many decades. We must all be respectful of the ocean and each other - these rules help to keep everyone safe and having fun.
Visit Randwick City Council's website to learn more and view the code in different languages.