Never sail alone - there is safety in numbers. Choose a recognised Boardsailing venue where you can also learn from other sailors. Beginners should stick to enclosed waters.
Be aware of local regulations and never sail in NO BOATING areas or areas crowded by swimmers.
Avoid offshore winds until very proficient as sailing back upwind once tired or overpowered becomes much more difficult.
Be sure of your self-rescue capabilities with any rig you may be using. If in doubt do a practise drill.
Dress correctly - A wetsuit is advised unless very warm plus hat, sunscreen and long sleeves to protect from the sun.
Be aware of dehydration - drink water.
Always wear a Personal Flotation Device ( PFD )
Be aware of your limitations. If in doubt don't go out!
Avoid dehydration. Drink plenty of water.
ON THE WATER
Sail slowly when leaving and returning to shore to avoid running aground or colliding with others.
Never sail further from the shore than is necessary.
Avoid collisions at all costs.
Stay with your board no matter what happens, it is your largest buoyancy aid, and use the International hand distress signals if necessary (slowly and repeatedly raising and lowering arms outstretched to each side).
Be aware of hypothermia and leave the water if symptoms occur (shivering, numb extremities and poor co-ordination).
BEFORE LEAVING HOME
Check your rigging for worn ropes, loose fittings or a cracked universal joint.
As with all aquatic activities, tell some-one where you are going and when you will be back.
Check the weather forecast, the latest telephone boating report will be the most accurate.