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BSA Code of Conduct

Surf Safety

All surfers must be able to swim at least 50 metres in open water.
Ensure that you are covered by Public Liability Insurance for surfing (becoming a BSA member gives you this insurance)
Keep your surfing equipment in good condition.
Always wear a surf leash to prevent you from losing your surfboard (or bodyboard).

  • For you your board is a safety device, to others it may be a lethal weapon.
  • Have consideration for other water users including anglers.
  • Never surf alone or immediately after eating a meal.
  • Always return to the beach before nightfall.
  • Never mix surfing with alcohol or drugs.
  • Always wear a wetsuit when surfing in Britain.
  • If you are new to the sport never hire a surfboard without first having a surfingl esson.
  • Be considerate of other beach users especially when carrying your board to and from the water.
  • When possible use a lifeguard patrolled beach. Obey the lifeguards instructions and be prepared
  • to assist them if required.
  • Where possible surf in a recognised surfing area
    (e.g. in between the black and white checked flags).
  • When paddling out avoid surfers who are riding waves.
  • When taking a wave see that you are clear of other surfers.
  • Remember, if someone else is already riding the wave you must not take off.
  • Be environmentally friendly. Always leave the beach and other areas as you would wish to find them.