SURFERS CODE OF CONDUCT
- All surfers must be able to swim at least 50m in open water.
- Ensure that you are covered by public liability insurance – join the BSA.
- Ensure that your surfing equipment is kept in good condition at all times.
- Always wear a leash to prevent you from loosing your surfboard (or body board). For you, your board is a safety device, for other water users it is a lethal weapon.
- Have consideration for other water users, including anglers.
- Never surf alone or immediately after eating a meal.
- Never mix surfing with alcohol or other drugs.
- In the UK always wear a wetsuit.
- If you are a beginner, never hire a surfboard without being given instruction by a BSA qualified instructor.
- Be considerate to other beach users when carrying your board to the water.
- Always obey lifeguards’ instructions and be prepared to assist them if required.
- Where possible, surf in recognised surfing areas and use lifeguard patrolled beaches.
- When paddling out avoid surfers who are riding waves.
- When taking a wave see that you are clear of other surfers. Remember, if someone else is already riding the wave you must not take off.
- Be environmentally friendly. Always leave the beach and other areas as you would wish to find them.
Above information compiled by the British Surfing Association. Telephone: 01637 876474