Always wear your leash and hold onto your board if you get into trouble - it will help you float.

Bodyboarding is great fun and one of the most accessible surf sports. But there are plenty of dangers you need to be aware of, even if you’re an experienced boarder.

Hidden rip currents can pull even the strongest boarders out to sea. It’s easy to injure yourself on the jagged rocks hidden beneath the waves and tides can leave you stranded. In 2015, RNLI lifeguards responded to 883 incidents involving bodyboarders in British waters.

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