The safety of yourself and others is something that needs to be top priority EVERY time you enter the water. ALWAYS be aware of the conditions around you (currents, swell, crowds etc). If you are new to the sport, please take time to learn the basic technique in places that have calm, flat water and are not over flowing with other water users. Your pride and self esteem will be grateful of this! Even if you have a strong surfing background, please remember that this is a new sport which requires different techniques which are best learnt in a safe and controlled environment. Avoid waves for your first sessions. Always wear a leash and if youâ€™re not a strong swimmer the use of a personal flotation device is recommended.