Hopefully you now understand a bit more about the beach and how to keep yourself safe. But do you have the skills to make the most of the surf?
Learning to swim in a pool is important but the ocean is a very different environment and you should learn some new skills. Here are a few tips and tricks, but the best way to learn from a young age is to join in the fun at a Surf Ed or Nippers program!
Let’s start by getting into the water. Because beaches usually slope into the water gently, it’s not a great idea to run and dive in; you can easily damage your neck and spine. You can get into the water quickly by wading and dolphin diving:
To get back to the shore when you’re swimming, by far the most efficient (and fun) way is bodysurfing. Start learning how to bodysurf by starting in waist depth water, pushing off the ground and onto the wave keeping your body straight and arms outstretched.
Bodysurfing has been described as ‘pure surfing’ and offers an amazing feeling of connectedness to the ocean.
Check out this great movie that showcases the feeling or 'stoke' that people can get while bodysurfing: