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Waves can turn the sea into the most spectacular and thrilling of wild swims, a natural fairground ride of wildness and surging energy. As a swimmer, you can learn to both have fun on the limits and to deal with the unexpected when it happens.
Sometimes a set of unexpectedly large waves might come through. There are three main types of wave that you might encounter on a beach. Broadly the geomorphology of the beach determines the types of waves and vice versa. These waves rear up suddenly and break with great downward force; the classic barrel or tube waves beloved of surfers are this type.
In places where they break very close to the shore they are known as shore break. The dangers of these include physical injuries, especially spinal fractures.
They are also dangerous to weak swimmers because they will knock you off your feet and pull you out. And of course you then have to get back in through the shore break.
These occur on more gently-sloping beaches, and tend to roll and grow before breaking gently from the top. They are less steep than dumping waves, and the force pushes you along the surface so you can body-surf them. The danger of this type of wave is that it can pull people from quite high up the beach into the sea.
Tsunamis are surging waves. This is the pull from waves returning from shore to sea. This current runs along the bottom, seawards, beneath the incoming waves. In the shallows as a general rule stand sideways on to a wave with your feet wide apart. Learn the techniques for swimming through surfincluding porpoising. Never body-surf a dumping wave.
Spilling Waves: These occur on more gently-sloping beaches, and tend to roll and grow before breaking gently from the top. Backwash: This is the pull from waves returning from shore to sea.
Relax and go with the turbulence, or if you prefer, adopt the foetal position. As the turbulence lessens, push up to the surface and be ready to deal with the next wave. Sets of big waves tend to around 5, but there might be a few more. Stay calm, a smaller set will appear and give you the chance to get back into control.
Surfers: There are various types of surfer, from the stand up experts to kids on polystyrene boards.Look backed waved
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