The sea is getting rough next week and we’re heading into Winter, when rough water and waves will be much more common. Swimming in the waves is great crack, no question.
Getting in and getting out of the waves is not quite so much fun and potentially dangerous.
Donal Buckley is doing a very detailed series on this and I’m going to point everyone there. However, I’m going to copy a couple of his lines below – just as a summary.
We’re very lucky in Myrtleville to have a sandy, safe exit 99% of the time. There are rocks, though, and even on sand a wave can hit and flip you very easily. That’s painful – and dangerous. Think before you get in and think very hard about how you’ll get out. It’s too late to do that when you’re in the waves.
- You should not be getting into open water before you know where or if you can safely exit.
- You should not let others decide for you if exit conditions are safe.
- Alternatively you should not get into the water simply because someone else is already in there.
- A corollary of these statements is that you should not be getting in the water in anticipation that a safe exit will somehow present itself once you have entered the water.
Swim safe – which can mean “don’t swim today”. If it looks a bit dodgy to get in, it’ll be a lot worse to get out 🙂