“Inclusion of specific maritime swimming knowledge, tactics and skills in as many surfing conditions as possible, before proceeding to surfboard manipulation”
Starting from zero, students will first get used to interacting with the surfing environment with no external implements. Practice will be presented in a little auditory stimulation but intense psychomotor fashion. Students will interact with the shore (sand and its surroundings), the water, the waves, and nothing but those will serve as instruments to elicit the learning of the very first specific contents (breathing skills) on Unit 1 (“Familiarization in the liquid environment”).
That routine should be employed on various surfing scenarios. More experienced students should strategically retrocede to it whenever the surfing scene exceeds conditions they feel comfortable with (as we understand familiarization in the surfing environment is a relative concept, due to its typical wild-environment dynamical behavior).
Rather than offering physical assistance or verbal instruction during exercising, instructors should control activity safety levels by limiting the amount of environmental variables students will confront with, equalizing overall activity risk with students’ current training state. No external implements should be allowed at this time, as those may lead to an undesirable effect over the unskilled maritime swimmers’ safety (CBA VIII Atividades Especializadas, CBMERJ, Secretaria de Estado de Defesa Civil, 2006).
Swimming goggles, fins, boards or even surfboard leashes are known to play an ergogenic role not only in the performance but more decisively in the survival of the maritime environment, amplifying individual performance beyond normally achievable levels. For a given surfing condition, should an individual be able to safely return to shore on his own in case his (her) implement is lost, then he (she) should be ready to use it in the referred scenario. Otherwise, the use of external implements might lead to an extremely dangerous situation: it might enable individuals to get to a difficulty level beyond their actual possibilities, jeopardizing practitioner’s overall safety.
In the next section, State of Nature, we delve into our perspective on students’ safety.
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