To get the most out of the activities on offer around Thailand
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
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
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 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.