How to steer clear of danger

Surfing and body boarding, can be very demanding, so you need to be a competent swimmer. Gain experience by swimming at surf beaches; it will help you develop an understanding of the behaviour of waves. It is recommended that you swim on beaches that are patrolled by lifeguards.

New to surfing?

If you are starting out, we suggest you get some professional advice from an approved training centre. Beginners should use a larger than average board (at least 12 inches longer than the surfers height).

Advice for Surfers

• When paddling out, avoid surfers who are riding waves.
• If someone else is taking the wave, you must not take off.
• If the Lifeguard has put up Black & White chequered flags, surf in this zone.
• Never surf between the Red & Yellow flags.
• Never surf alone.

Advice for All

• Always follow advice given by the Lifeguard.
• Always warm up before going surfing or body boarding.
• Always show consideration for other water users.
• Never go out on your own and ensure your board has a suitable leash.
• Only surf or body board within your own ability.
• Before you go out, find the safest place to enter the water. If in doubt, ask a lifeguard or experienced local surfer.

Advice for Body Boarders

• Only body board between the Red & Yellow flags.

For professional advice or instruction on surfing contact Island Surf & Sail - 284-494 0123 or Board Sailing BVI Watersports – 284-495 2447.
 
Getting out of Trouble

If you get into difficulties, stick up your hand and shout for help – but never abandon your board.

Remember: If you see someone in trouble - tell a Lifeguard, call the Police or call VISAR immediately. Tel: 999/911/767