Windsurfing safety tips

What are the precautions for windsurfing?

  • Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved PFD when board sailing even if you are a good swimmer.
  • Don't go alone.
  • Protect yourself from the dangers of hypothermia by wearing a wetsuit.
  • Check the weather.
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.  
  • Don't surf at night.
  • If operating in open water, be careful not to stray too far from shore.
  • Because of the strenuous nature of the sport, you may become exhausted easily and you could get cramps that interfere with swimming. If you find yourself tiring, take down the sail, furl it around the mast, lie on the board and paddle back to safe harbor.
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