Here at Lake Escapes, we have some of the best boats for wake surfing that you’ll find in the area. (Check out the selection here). We want you to have to an amazing time on the water, so right along with great equipment, we encourage you to be safe as well so that the memories you make are treasures. We’ve posted these safety tips before, but it never hurts to have a small reminder of the simple things we all can do to help ensure you’re wake surfing safely.
So here are 5 simple things you can do to wake surf safely
- Know your boat. We encourage you to rent one of our boats specifically made for wake surfing, but even if you don’t, please pick a boat with an inboard motor. This means the propellers are not exposed and the boat is safer for wake surfers to surf behind.
- Boaters often put a flag up to signal when someone is in the water. This warns other boats not to get too close and to keep an eye out for people in the water.
- Along with that, try to pick a clear area before you begin. Scope out the lake and choose a spot that doesn’t have other boats or swimmers.
- If you’re new to wake surfing, start slow. You don’t have to reach 10 miles per hour until you’ve figured out your balance on the board.
- Simple fact, falling is part of surfing. If you’re not used to it, it’s tempting to preemptively jump into the water as you fall. Resist this temptation! Let yourself fall more gently as you may be in shallower water than you realize. Also, once you’re underwater, put your arm above your head just in case your board has floated above you. (As always, please wear your PFD too! We provide these with the boats.)
We highly encourage you to get out and try wake surfing if you haven’t already. Stay safe out there and enjoy the water =)