All risks are assessed by trainers with many years experience of the ocean and local dangers, and the safety of all customers is our primary concern.

Normal Operating Procedure

During normal lesson instructors will reduce the likelihood of harm or distress by using the following procedures:
Presence of qualified surfing instructor in the water.
A customer/instructor ration of no more than 8:1
Include safety talk outlined in the ABC surf lesson.
Follow health and safety guidelines outlined by the I.S.A

 

Emergency Action Plan

In case of emergency instructors will deal effectively using the following procedures:

Communication between lifeguards on the beach and in the water, when appropriate. Use of the lifeguard service to treat customers whenever appropriate. 
Use of first aid facilities in St.Agnes Surf Life Saving Club, if no lifeguards are on duty.
Use of lifeguards and trainers expertise and equipment to return members to safety.
Use of telephone in car park to contact emergency services.
Ensure the customer/instructor ratio remains 8:1 when the patient is assisted from the water. Ensure all customers leave the water, if too few instructors are on the waters edge.

HazardRiskLikelihoodControl MeasuresRemedial Action
RocksLacerations
Broken Bones
Concussion
Unlikely
Very unlikely
Very unlikely
Advise customers of location of rocks,
action on wipe out and a controlled stop.
The lesson is carried out away from rocks.
Follow E.A.P. Return casualty to shore, treat and call ambulance,
Other surfersCollision resulting in:
Concussion,
Bruising,
Reducing confidence
Very unlikely
Unlikely
Unlikely
The lesson is delivered in areas with the
least water users
Advise customers of the possible danger.
Advise customers of preventative and
reactive measures (See A B C lesson
content).
In the result of concussion follow
E.A.P.
Other outcomes provide encouragement and
or assistance to the shore if required.
Strong currentsCarried into unsafe
waters by currents.
PossibleEducate customers on location of
currents and how to spot them.
The lessons is carried out away from
currents.
Educate on how to safely swim out
from a current and signal for help and
signals used by instructors to give
directional instructions.
Rescue board always present on the beach durig lessons incase required to asisst surfer back to shore
Assist customer to shore, provide
further care if needed.
Sea TemperatureMild HypothermiaPossibleEnsure awareness of risk and use of suitable wetsuits. Instructors aware of signs and symptoms.Return customer to shore, apply warm clothing.
If severity increases then follow E.A.P
Physical strain of
Surfing
Sprained Muscle
and joints
Very UnlikelyEnsure all customers have warmed
up sufficiently and are not pushed
too hard.
Informed on safe dismounting from the
surfboard
Provide assistance and first aid.
Sun ExposureSun Burn
Sun stroke
Dehydration
Likely
Very unlikely
Possible
Drinking water and sunscreen available
Educate customers of symptoms and risk
Remove from lesson and treat if required

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