So How Dangerous Is Surfing Anyway?

Surfing is, perhaps, one of the most surprising of sports. The reason I say that is that it is no longer the sole domain of people with sexy, firm, fit bodies who crave the thrill of danger. Sure, that is out there, and always will be. But surfing today is for just about anybody who wants to get in the water. Even the nemesis of the deep – the shark – isn’t nearly the threat you might think.

A Nice Drive

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If you want to find out just how dangerous sharks are for the surfer, take a drive to the beach. Did you make it safely? That’s how safe you’ll be in the water. Actually, you’ll be safer in the water than you are on the roads. People who drive on roads are far more likely to be injured in auto accidents than peopleS who surf are to be bitten by a shark. There are several reasons for this.

Skills Level

One of the biggest protections for the typical surfer is simply that he or she is not that great. Face it, the sexy, thrill-loving professional surfers who have left surf lessons behind, don’t surf where you will surf. Most of them are in deeper water, or rockier water, or in more secluded areas, where they can get fancy waves with cool names. Those who do surf at the same beaches you frequent will be farther out on the waves than you go. Simply put, if anyone would be shark bait, it would be the daredevils who venture out into the realm of sharks, not people who ride fun boards and boogie boards in small surf. The few shark attacks that have happened are typically deep-water surfers who venture too close to feeding grounds, looking for bigger thrills and more danger.

Safeguards

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Not only is your skills level likely to keep you safer, the surf zones are very closely regulated. You’ll find that there are buoys to demarcate safe areas with no undertow, protecting you from the risk of being pulled into deeper water or near shoals. Besides markers, there are also employees and lifeguards who constantly watch for sharks or any other rare threat that might appear. You have professionals looking out for you. They don’t want anything to happen to their surfers – it’s bad for business!

You can also be proactive with your own safety. Pay attention to barriers, buoys, and markers. Don’t take stupid chances, thinking you’re being daring. If you graduate to higher skills and want to take on dangerous surf, good for you. However, chances are, if you’re afraid of sharks, you’re not in that group of danger seekers. Watch flags, watch waves, and stay within markers, and the only place you’ll see a shark is on your plate, or in an aquarium.

Beginners to Experts

The immense popularity of surfing has made the sport safer than ever. From beginners to experts, the boards are made to fit the individual and be easier to control. So, enjoy the surf, and don’t worry about sharks.

The Ultimate Travel Hack, Learning Another Language’s Culture

The Ultimate Travel Hack, Learning Another Language’s Culture

Cultural diversity training is a commonly requested topic, but not often sought after by someone simply learning a new language. However, training in the culture in which you are learning a language can be crucial to truly understanding the language itself. This is especially true if you are intending on translation as a form of employment or public service.

Cultural Taboos


Each culture, even in the most “advanced” countries, have certain taboos. While most of the leading nations attempt to eradicate taboos, sometimes they simply cannot be avoided. As you learn the language of a certain country or culture, learn about their customs, religions, and taboos, as well.

For example, in certain parts of the Middle East, a woman must keep her head covered at all times. This may be as simple as wearing a scarf in public. However, in other countries in the Middle East, women must cover every inch of their bodies. You also should not ever offer to shake hands with a member of the opposite sex if you are in the Middle East. Women should also walk behind the man who is accompanying them. By understanding these customs, you will be able to understand the language better because of references that are made throughout a conversation. It will also help you if you are translating.

“Turns of Phrase”

Regional speech patterns can create “turns of phrase” can wreak havoc with communication, especially with the person for whom the language is not a first language. For example, in the USA, one foreign car executive had its car company name its small, economical car the “Probe”. This was seen by women in the U.S. as obscene, and the car was a very poor seller, considering that it was intended for the female market. Cultural Diversity Training would have clearly been of benefit here.

Traveling Abroad


Some people are so enamored of a country that they learn the language just so they can travel there. The dream is to spend time with the natives, absorbing the culture, food, and scenery for weeks at a time. However, without an understanding of the culture itself, you can make your trip more difficult. You can inadvertently offend an innkeeper, and find yourself with no reservation. You may find yourself dropped off by the cabbie before you reach your destination.

Even the volume at which you speak may be offensive in some cultures. Americans are often accused of being very loud in their speech. Study the customs of the different areas you plan to visit. While some cultures are naturally loud and boisterous, then a big-voiced American may get along just fine. However, find out what the culture prefers, and try to fit in. Simply the volume of your voice can make a difference in how you get along in a culture.

Proximity, or personal space, varies from country to country, too. Some people feel offended if you are too close, while others feel snubbed if you are not close enough.

Learning another language’s culture can make your holiday more enjoyable, and may make your efforts to serve as a translator more useful and profitable.