Fatal accident of surfing beginner (1) -Drowning

Fatal accident of surfing beginner (1) -Drowning

Oliver, are you good at swimming?

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Oliver
Oliver

I’m not bad at swimming.

That’s good. Surfing is very dangerous. People who can’t swim shouldn’t surf.

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With that in mind, there are cases where people who cannot swim surf and drown. This time, I will talk about the fatal accident of a surfing beginner.

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What you can see in this article

Causes of drowning beginner surfers

・ People who cannot swim tend to panic because they are afraid of water.

・ What to do to avoid drowning and dying.

People who cannot swim tend to panic because they are afraid of water

Humans die when they cannot breathe. If you can’t breathe in the water, you die. So people who can’t swim are afraid of water.

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Oliver
Oliver

It’s natural that people who can’t swim are afraid of water.

Sometimes people who can’t swim start surfing and drown.

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Oliver
Oliver

But surfboards and surfers are connected by a leash cord, right? Why are they drowning?

I guess it’s because of panic. Often, for novice surfers, the power of the waves is stronger than they can imagine. Humans are in a hurry when they encounter unexpected events. Moreover, they can’t swim, so imagine they might drown. Fear accelerates the consumption of oxygen and makes the body stiff. So I think they panic and drown.

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Oliver
Oliver

Is it okay on a small wave day?

It’s safer than big waves. However, there are cases where even small waves drown. That’s why I don’t recommend surfing to people who can’t swim.

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What to do to avoid drowning and dying

Here’s what you need to do to avoid drowning and dying.

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Absolute condition
・ Start surfing after you can swim in the pool. Confidence in swimming reduces fear.
  It makes it harder to panic.
Oliver
Oliver

Being able to swim is an absolute requirement.

People who can swim may also drown. The following notes are described.

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Be careful not to drown

・ Collect information such as weather forecasts and wave forecasts. Choose a date and time that beginners can practice safely.

・ The power of the waves is stronger than the beginners can imagine. So start practicing with a small wave. Never overdo it.

・ Manage your physical condition. Avoid lack of sleep and drinking alcohol.

・ Wear a wet suit. Wetsuits are safety equipment. It has buoyancy, which makes it difficult to drown.

・ The leash cord may be cut even if it is new. Don’t trust the leash code too much.

Oliver, you can swim, but you can still drown.
Surfing is a very dangerous sport. Please be careful enough.

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Oliver
Oliver

Thank you.
I’m careful not to drown.

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