Surfing Safety

Surfing Safety – Is Learning to Surf Safe?

At Walkin’ On Water Mangalore, the safety and well being of all our surfers is ALWAYS the Number One PRIORITY, no matter the age and regardless of the level and ability of the surfer

Austin and Dru - Our Professional ISA Surf InstructorsSafety is always the major focus of people, being concerned about how safe an activity is or how dangerous it is to do something. Of course we all have to be conscious and aware of this as no one wants to be injured or hurt either temporarily or permanently. The important thing for us all to do is to minimise the risks and make decisions that maximise our safety and well being.

At our Mangalore Surf School at Panambur Beach, Walkin’ On Water Mangalore minimises the risks and maximises the safety as much as we possibly can. Some of the methods we use to reduce any dangers and risks include the following

  • We have a comprehensive Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plan
  • All our instructors are fully qualified International Surfing Association Surf Instructors with a minimum of the ISA Level 1 Surf Instructor qualification
  • All our instructors are fully trained and qualified in lifesaving and lifeguard qualifications, basic first aid and emergency care
  • The qualifications are always current and validity maintained
  • We surpass the minimum international protocols and standards for surf school operations
  • We use the highest quality soft learn to surf surfboards
  • All our surf boards are fitted with leashes
  • All our equipment is maintained to be in good safe condition
  • A Venue Analysis is completed before each and every lesson to firstly ensure conditions are safe to run the lesson and then to decide on the best, safest location on the beach for the lesson
  • Our surfers are progressed, new skills taught and challenges given in a responsible manner ensuring that the surfers are ready to learn and progress to this new level

In everything we do, there is always a risk and danger of something whether it is riding a bike, being on a bus, driving a car or scooty or walking along the road to the general store. Driving on or even being in a vehicle on Indian Roads itself is a major danger with the craziness of the traffic and some peoples driving, especially those that don’t understand the rules and ways of driving on our roads here. Watch out anyone who messes with the Express Buses on the roads and slows them down!!

In surfing at all levels and stages of development, whether someone is a beginner or a full time professional surfing athlete, there can also be risks and potential hazards. Like anything we need to look at ways we can minimise these dangers.

We would hope that everyone who learns with us always feels at all times completely safe and the instructors have provided a lesson in an unthreatening and extremely enjoyable environment.

When you are learning to surf, the only way you should contemplate doing this is by using a professional surf school where you know you will be taught by a qualified professional and experienced surf instructor. A professional and experienced surf instructor understands the dangers and understands the risks. Working in a professional surf school, the instructor and the surf school should have Risk Assessments and Risk Management Plans in place to maximise people’s safety and minimise their dangers and risks.

In India, there is a large percentage of the population that do not have much ocean and water experience and skills and there is often a lack of basic swimming ability.