Surfer First-Aid: Stings, Bites, Scratches

Encountering dangerous sea creatures is a reality any surfer faces. Marine life can cause injuries ranging from stings to puncture wounds. Side effects of these injuries can be serious if not properly treated. These are quick first aid remedies you can use the next time you’re out on the waves:

Treating Stings

  • Pour alcohol over the wound for several minutes to neutralize all stinging cells. 
  • Apply a paste made from a mixture of baking soda and water to the wound.
  • Dust talcum powder over the skin around the injury to keep reaction to the sting from spreading.

Treating Puncture Wounds

  • Place injured body part in hot water for at least 30 minutes.
  • Replenish the water as it cools and make it sure it does not cause scalding.

Treatment of Bites

  • Make the person lay down and keep them calm and still. 
  • Wash out the wound thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Secure and support the area around the bite.
  • Do not cut the wound with a knife or attempt to suck out venom.

If any injury is serious, it is important to take the injured person in to the nearest hospital.