Watersport Tubing Safety

by | May 8, 2018 | Water Sports

There’s a large difference in the safety approaches when it comes to regular towable tubes and Some of the more unique tubes. One is designed for the whole family, in a casual environment, while the other is meant for more of an extreme ride. That means they’re meant to go much faster, and navigate more treacherous waters. So not only is it best if only one or two people ride on these things, but safety regulations have to be more strictly followed. Many tubes have individualized warnings and the user’s manual should be taken seriously. Always read and follow the instructions. As for some general safety regulations, please read the following.

#1. Must be a good swimmer

If you want to get the most out of water sports, it’s generally accepted that you know how to swim. With a more casual tubing trip, you don’t really need to worry, since you’ll be loaded down with life preservers and have plenty of people on hand to come get you if you fall. However, with water sports, especially watersport tubing, you’ll be traveling at incredibly high speeds. It’s best that you know how to swim, even though you should always wear a life jacket.

#2. Wear sunscreen

Do you know what’s a real bummer after killing it in the tubing competition? Realizing afterwards that the water that had been splashing on your bare back had been magnifying the sun’s rays, and now you have a serious sunburn that’s going to itch, burn, and blister for the next two months (and in worse cases actually leave marks afterwards). On the beach, the sun is dominant, and you are an egg on a frying pan. So, for your own good, wear sunscreen everywhere you think might get exposed to the sun. And for all-day fun make sure to re-apply it as per the instructions.

#3. Watch the weather before starting

Keeping balance on a tube going at high speeds is much easier in clear weather than during poor weather like high winds. Make sure that you have a clear day of weather for the entirety of your stay at the beach that day. If it’s too high a chance for a storm, put off the tubing for another day, there will be more sunny days perfect for tubing, no need to risk injury from being caught in bad weather.

#4. Do not drink and tube

In general, you shouldn’t do anything but sleep when intoxicated, and even then, there’s a risk. While you should remain hydrated when out in the sun, water is your best bet. It will hydrate you much faster and more efficiently than any alcoholic beverage.

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