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P A R T I C I P AT I O N P R O F I L E SURFING

2014-2017

SWIMMING ABILITY IN THE OCEAN OF SURFERS 4%

16%

16%

20%

34% AVERAGE

32%

34%

SURFERS ARE WEAK SWIMMERS OR CAN’T SWIM IN THE OCEAN

Unable to Swim Weak Average Competent Highy Competent

49%

66%

SURFERS ALWAYS CHECK SURF/WEATHER CONDITIONS

SURFERS DON’T ALWAYS SURF IN CONDITIONS THAT ARE APPROPRIATE TO THEIR SKILL LEVEL

2014-2017

SAFETY PRACTICES OF SURFERS Can’t say 1%

1% 1%

11%

1%

12%

23% 37%

Never

Sometimes

Most of the time

2% 5%

1% 8%

20%

20%

27%

26%

3%

Always 1%

2%

20%

16% 22%

38% 29%

65%

49%

47%

45%

39%

32%

Use safety equipment such as leg ropes, safe fins, helmets or buoyancy aids

Check surf conditions with a lifesaver, lifeguard or authoritative source

Follow the advice of the local lifesaver or lifeguard when you are on a patrolled beach

Avoid surfing under the influence of alcohol / drugs

Go surfing with at least one other person

Surf in conditions that are appropriate for your skill level

Reference: National Coastal Safety Survey 2014-17 (average)

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COASTAL SAFET Y BRIEF – SURFING & WATERCR AFT

Profile for SLSA

Coastal Safety Brief - Surfing and Watercraft  

Coastal Safety Brief - Surfing and Watercraft