Safety Advices in Phuket Activities and Sports

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To get the most out of the activities on offer around Thailand's crystal seas, practice them safely. Most organizers and tour operators stick to strict health and safety standards, but it makes sense for everyone to be responsible for their own safety as well. Some sports require training or instruction, and as with all foreign travel, health insurance is highly recommended.

Thailand is a tropical country, so attention should be paid to risks posed by dehydration and, especially when you are on an exposed beach or on the water. When practiced correctly, all the activities recommended on Thailand's crystal seas are safe. Enjoy!

Though the risk is minimal, be aware while underwater of poisonous creatures such as stone fish and lion fish. Jellyfish stings can be treated with alcohol or ammonia followed by antihistamine cream. It is easy to get small cuts and scrapes if scrambling around rocks and dead coral. These should be cleaned carefully and treated with antiseptic to avoid infection.

Sea canoes are easy to handle and safety equipment is provided, but it is best to get instruction before setting out. Don't paddle off on a long trip without a guide. Participants should be able to swim, and should wear a life jacket at all times. Of course, you need wind to windsurf, but it is not a good idea to go out to sea if the weather is threatening to turn stormy. Life jackets should be worn at all times. Beware of boats and swimmers, especially when you are still learning how to handle your board and sail. Sailing is a technical matter, and you can get into trouble if you overestimate your skills as a sailor when chartering a bareboat yacht. Be well-prepared, and getting reliable information about the weather and tides, is especially important in the stormy season from June to October.  Although serious injuries are rare in wakeboarding, strains, sprains and bruises are common - the natural result of being towed at high speed and having frequent contact with the water. Warm-up and cool-down exercises and stretching minimize these, and reduce muscle ache after this demanding physical exercise. Jet skiing is a safe sport if done sensibly. Beware of sea traffic, especially swimmers and snorkeler. Rocks are usually marked, but take care, especially at low tide. A life jacket should be worn at all times.  Common sense should prevail when swimming and snorkeling. If in doubt, ask people about tides and weather, and don't let your ambition exceed your capabilities as a swimmer. It is very easy to get sunburned on your back when snorkeling. When trekking around Thailand's coast or islands, it is sensible to follow an established route, locals or park authorities can help. Carry more water than you think you will need and make sure you have adequate protection from the sun.