Learn the basics of surfing before heading out into the water. Ask to go with a mate who surfs, to teach you the skills, or book into a surf lesson.
Make sure you have the right gear. If you are a beginner, make sure your surfboard is soft and suited to your abilities. If the water is cold, get a warm wetsuit If the water is warm, get a rash vest to prevent, well, a rash on your chest.
Wear sunscreen! This is so important; you need to protect your skin. The sun can be harsh when dishing out its UV rays, so slop on that SPF 50+ sunscreen, wear a surf hat and even surf sunnies..
Surf with a friend; safety in numbers. If you get in trouble in the water, you have someone nearby to give you a helping hand.
Surf during the day, not at night.
Make sure you are always hydrated. Have plenty of water available and have a drink before and after your surf.
Be kind to other surfers. Don’t drop in and keep your surf karma positive.
Don’t mix alcohol or drugs with water. It's a bad and dangerous mix.
Make sure you warm up properly before your surf. Getting a cramp when you’re out the back is not fun and can be dangerous.
Take lessons to improve your surfing technique. The more you learn the safer you can be.