Surfing guidelines issued by Surfing England

Following the Government’s “it’s OK to surf” announcement (among others) Surfing England has issued the following advice on its website:

Following new Government Guidelines issued on 11/05/20, if you decide to go Surfing in England from 13/05/20, our advice is as follows:

  • MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES – Stay 2 meters (6 ft) away from others in and out of the water.
  • SURF WITHIN YOUR LIMITS – If in doubt, don’t paddle out. There are currently no RNLI Lifeguards in Operation on Beaches in England. If you do see someone in trouble in the water, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
  • RESPECT LOCAL COMMUNITIES – Consider the distance you travel to surf and the emergency services/hospital resources in that area. Many local facilities are currently closed.
  • RESPECT OTHER SURFERS – Avoid crowding beaches and busy peaks.
  • PROMOTE GOOD SURF ETIQUETTE – Don’t snake or drop-in, smile, be kind & surf safe.


Surf Specific Hygiene

  • Do not share wetsuits, rash vests, sun cream, drinks, wax, etc and give your wetsuit a proper wash inline with manufacturer’s instructions post-surf.
  • Get changed outside or at home.
  • Do not travel with others outside your household.
  • Avoid touching surfaces outside your home as much as possible and ensure when you do return home you wash thoroughly.

A note for beginners:

Whilst RNLI Lifeguards are not currently in operation on beaches in England and Surf Schools are not yet back in operation, we do not recommend beginners use this opportunity to get in the water.

A note for Accredited Surf Schools:

Surf Schools are currently remaining closed, though discussions are underway to see how they could re-open safely.


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