As one of France's premier coastal holiday destinations, the Vendee is a wonderful place for water sports, with all sorts of aquatic activities possible at the many beaches that can be found throughout the region.
Among the most popular is surfing, and you'll find plenty of surf schools and equipment hire shops in the Vendee.
If the idea of catching some waves sounds like something you could enjoy then it's important to remember that surfing - like all water sports - can sometimes be dangerous if you don't behave in a sensible and responsible manner, which is why it's vital to familiarise yourself with these important safety tips before getting in the water.
First and foremost, always pay attention to the flags and lifeguards at the beach, and never enter the sea when there's a red flag, as strong currents are no laughing matter.
Once you're in the water, pay close attention to those around you, as collisions can sometimes occur between surfers and swimmers. Letting go of your board is also a big mistake, as even though it may be attached to your ankle by a chord, it can still hit someone if you allow it to get away from you.
Also remember never to dive from your board, as the water might not be quite as deep as you think, meaning you could injure yourself against the seabed.
In addition, it's a good idea to dress for the occasion, with a wetsuit. This could even prevent you from suffering from hypothermia, so it's something that shouldn't be overlooked.
On the other hand, if it's a sunny day then you should make sure to wear sun block, as it's easy to get burnt while having fun in the sea.
In general, though, a common-sense approach is always the best policy, and if you feel a little out of your depth then the correct course of action is to head back to sure and take it easy.
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