If you’ve ever seen Baywatch (kids, ask your parents) you’ll know that beach safety is a serious matter! Although you’re not too likely to find Pamela Anderson of the Hoff running along the golden sands of Newquay, you WILL see plenty of life guards and safety signs around Watergate Bay over the summer. Even if the lifeguards aren’t on duty, your instructor at Westcountry Surf School is a trained lifeguard in their own right so you’ll be super safe whatever lesson you choose.
However, if you want to get ahead on beach safety before you hit the water, here are a few essentials you need to know. Safe surfing is the best surfing!
Figure out the Flags
When the lifeguards are on duty, you’ll see the following flags on the beach. Take note as you definitely DON’T want to be swimming in the surfing area and surfers catching waves in the swimming area can be seriously dangerous.
Red and Yellow
You’ll see two of these and the area between them is where the lifeguards think is the safest place for swimmers to be. If you’re getting in the water for a swim, paddle or bodyboard, this is your place to be safe knowing the lifeguards are watching.
Black and White
This is where you can sur
f until you can surf no more. Any area between the black and white flags is a safe zone for hard bottomed craft without an engine. So if you’re surfing or SUP-ping this is the place for you.
Red means danger in every language, so if a beach is red flagged, don’t question it and don’t go in the water! A beach can be red flagged for a few reasons but it’s always in your best interest. Don’t take the risk and try again another day.
Your Instructor will keep you Safe
When you’re surfing on your own remember to keep an eye on the flags even when you’re in the water as changing sands and tides may mean that lifeguards move the flags and areas so keep everyone safe and having a good time. They’ll also often use a megaphone to keep you informed with updates too, so listen carefully! When you’re on a lesson with us, we’ll show you the best way to stay safe and keep an eye out whilst you’re learning to shred.
When you book a lesson with Westcountry surf school we’ll be surfing at Watergate Bay, which is one of the UK’s safest beaches and super close to Newquay. Plus, we’ll do a full safety briefing with you before you even hit the waves so that you are 100% comfortable and able to focus on your surfing. As we said, you’ll also be going out with your own personal lifeguard – your instructor – so you couldn’t be in safer hands.
Book a lesson now by calling Joel on 07772251778 or book directly here.