How Far Out Do I Swim?

How Far Out Do I Swim?

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

If the waves are big and growing, what are ten simple things that you can and should do?

1. Take your time to check out the situation and understand how strong and large the waves are.
2. Look at the direction of the tidal flow and currents along the coast.
3. Adjust your course as necessary.
4. Talk down the shoreline a way and see if there are changes.
5. Wait for your swim partner.
6. Talk to the surfers and lifeguards.
7. Count the number of seconds between waves so you know how much time that you have between sets.
8. Go to the pool if you are nervous or think the conditions are too difficult.
9. Figure out your course and think of alternatives.
10. Wear fins if you must.

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