Surfing is one of the most popular of water sports in countries with extensive and well-developed beaches. Individuals who love to surf would have gone through proper training first. However, in light of recent events in Australia, where a 41-year-old Japanese surfer died as a result of being attacked by a shark, it is essential that even expert surfers be watchful and follow a few tips for their own safety.
First thing first, do not embark on a surfing adventure unless you know how to swim. It is not just important to know “how” to swim, but also equally important to have developed your stamina for swimming. One should be a well-practiced swimmer, because swimming regularly develops strong muscles. It is necessary to be in full strength when surfing as one is frequently required to swim upon losing balance while surfing (this is very common, especially with beginners). It is advisable not to swim against the current. A tip to prevent neck injuries is not to dive into the water headfirst, but to fall flat and use your outstretched hands to identify any obstructions.